Bill Walsh, the coach who led the San Francisco 49ers to three Super Bowl championships in the 1980s, died of leukemia yesterday at the age of 75. During his decade-long tenure, Walsh won six National Football Conference division titles, transforming a club that had won only 10 games in 1987 into a football dynasty within three years.
Walsh is perhaps best known for his grooming of Hall of Fame quarterbacks. He nabbed Joe Montana in the third round of the 1979 draft and later traded for a relatively unknown Steve Young. Walsh was elected "Coach of the '80s" by National Football League's Hall of Fame, finishing his career in that decade with a 102-63-1 record.