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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Bill Walsh didn't become an N-F-L coach
until he was 47 and spent just ten seasons on the San Francisco
49ers' sidelines. But during his tenure, Walsh took a team from the
N-F-C West cellar to three-time Super Bowl champions.
Walsh died early today after a long battle with leukemia. He was
75. According to Stanford University, where he served as coach and
athletic director, Walsh died at his Bay Area home.
Using Walsh's innovative offensive strategies and teaching
techniques, the 49ers became one of most successful sports
franchises during the 1980s.
He compiled a record of 102-63-and-1 with San Francisco, winning
ten of his 14 postseason games along with six division titles.
A two-time N-F-L coach of the year, Walsh twice served as the
49ers' general manager. After Walsh left the sidelines, George
Siefert (SEE'-furt) would coach the Niners to two more Super Bowl
Walsh coached at Stanford during two terms over five seasons.
He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993.
S: ** FILE ** San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana and
head coach Bill Walsh smile for photographers during the closing
moments of their playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings in this
Jan. 4, 1989 file photo at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
Walsh, the groundbreaking football coach who won three Super Bowls
and perfected the ingenious schemes that became known as the West
Coast offense during a Hall of Fame career with the San Francisco
49ers, died early Monday, July 30, 2007. He was 75.
S: **FILE** San Francisco 49ers' head coach Bill Walsh, center,
dressed as a bellhop greets Lawrence Pillers and the rest of the
team at their suburban Detroit hotel headquarters Sunday night,
Jan. 18, 1982, in Southfield, Mich. Walsh, the ground-breaking
football coach who won three Super Bowl titles and perfected the
ingenious schemes that became known as the West Coast offence
during a Hall of Fame career with the San Francisco 49ers, died
Monday, July 30, 2007, of leukemia, according to Stanford
University, where he served as coach and athletic director. He was
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