Bill Walsh (American football coach) : biography
Bill Walsh coaching tree
Many former and current NFL head coaches trace their lineage back to Bill Walsh on his coaching tree, shown below. Walsh, in turn, belonged to the coaching tree of American Football League great and Hall of Fame coach Sid Gillman of the AFL’s Los Angeles/San Diego Chargers.
Head coaching record
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|Won||Lost||Ties||Win %||Finish||Won||Lost||Win %||Result|
|SF||1979||2||14||0||.125||4th in NFC West||–||–||–||–|
|SF||1980||6||10||0||.375||3rd in NFC West||–||–||–||–|
|SF||1981||13||3||0||.812||1st in NFC West||3||0||1.000||Super Bowl XVI Champions.}}|
|SF||1982||3||6||0||.333||11th in NFC||–||–||–||–|
|SF||1983||10||6||0||.625||1st in NFC West||1||1||.500||Lost to Washington Redskins in NFC Championship Game.}}|
|SF||1984||15||1||0||.938||1st in NFC West||3||0||1.000||Super Bowl XIX Champions.}}|
|SF||1985||10||6||0||.625||2nd in NFC West||0||1||.000||Lost to New York Giants in NFC Wild-Card Game.}}|
|SF||1986||10||5||1||.656||1st in NFC West||0||1||.000||Lost to New York Giants in NFC Divisional Game.}}|
|SF||1987||13||2||0||.867||1st in NFC West||0||1||.000||Lost to Minnesota Vikings in NFC Divisional Game.}}|
|SF||1988||10||6||0||.625||1st in NFC West||3||0||1.000||Super Bowl XXIII Champions.}}|
- Bill Walsh and Glenn Dickey, Building a Champion: On Football and the Making of the 49ers. St Martin’s Press, 1990. (ISBN 0-312-04969-2).
- Bill Walsh, Brian Billick and James A. Peterson, Finding the Winning Edge. Sports Publishing, 1998. (ISBN 1-571-67172-2).
- Bill Walsh with Steve Jamison and Craig Walsh, The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership. Penguin Group Publishing, 2009 (ISBN 978-1-59184-266-8).
Born in Los Angeles, Walsh played running back in the San Francisco Bay Area for Hayward High School in Hayward.
Walsh played quarterback at the College of San Mateo while attending there two years. Both John Madden and Walsh played and coached at the College of San Mateo early in their careers. After playing at the College of San Mateo, Walsh transferred to San José State University, where he played tight end and defensive end. He also participated in intercollegiate boxing. Walsh graduated from San Jose State with a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1955. He served under Bob Bronzan as a graduate assistant coach on the Spartans football coaching staff and graduated with a master’s degree in physical education from San Jose State in 1959. His master’s thesis was entitled Flank Formation Football — Stress:: Defense. Thesis 796.W228f