March 15, 2004
Legendary football coach Bill Walsh, a member of the NFL Hall of Fame and twice the head coach at Stanford University, is returning to The Farm as a Special Assistant to Athletic Director Ted Leland, it was announced today.
Walsh, who has been a consultant with the San Francisco 49ers since 2001, will work with the Stanford Athletic Development staff on various fund-raising initiatives as well as special projects for Leland.
"We are absolutely thrilled to have Bill back in the Stanford family," says Leland. "He is a man of immense knowledge, expertise and integrity and his presence will have a positive impact not only with our fund-raising staff, but with our entire Athletic Department staff as well as our student-athletes."
Walsh most recently worked in the front office with the San Francisco 49ers for the past five years. He was the 49ers Vice President/General Manager from 1999-2001 and for the past three years has held the position of Consultant with the team.
Walsh is best known for his decade as the 49ers head coach (1979-88). During his 10-year stint, Walsh led the Niners to three Super Bowl titles (1981, '84, '88), seven NFC postseason appearances and six NFC West division championships. He was twice named NFL Coach of the Year (1981, '84) and was later named NFL Coach of the Decade for the 1980's. Walsh was also named the team's General Mangaer in 1982 and ascended to the role of President in 1985.
He became one of only 16 coaches in the history of professional football to be elected to the Hall of Fame when he was enshrined in 1993.
Walsh had three tours of duty at Stanford. He was an assistant coach on John Ralston's staff in 1963-64 and head coach in 1977-78 and 1992-94. During his five seasons as head coach, Walsh led Stanford to a 34-24-1 record and three bowl game victories. His 1992 team, considered among the best in school history, finshished 10-2 and ranked ninth in the nation after beating Penn State in the Blockbuster Bowl.
In his first two seasons at the helm, Walsh led Stanford to back-to-back bowl games in 1977 and '78. His '77 team went 9-3 and beat LSU in the Sun Bowl while his 1978 club went 8-4 and beat Georgia in the Bluebonnet Bowl.
In addition to coaching, Walsh has authored two books, worked with NBC Sports as an NFL analyst, created the Minority Coaching Fellowship, taught classes at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and worked as a consultant and motivational speaker in the business sector.