Bill Walsh, vice president and general manager of the San Francisco 49ers, has been named San Josi State University's 2001 Tower Award winner, announced Robert L. Caret, university president. The award, the highest honor given by the university, is presented annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the university community through his or her outstanding work.
Said Caret, "Walsh's role as a coach, an author and as an executive in the industry has brought a new level of professionalism to the sports industry. It is a great source of pride that he is an alumnus of the university." Walsh currently coordinates the daily management of the 49ers organization and all aspects of the operations, including personnel decisions, the college draft and training camp. During his 10-year tenure, the 49ers experienced heights of victory never reached prior to his arrival as head coach in 1979. Walsh laid the foundation of success that the team has achieved over the last 20 years. Under his direction, the 49ers won three Super Bowl titles (1981, '84 and '88), made seven NFC post-season appearances and claimed 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 1980s.
Walsh became one of only 14 coaches in the history of professional football to be elected to the NFL Hall of Fame, and he was the first coach in team history to reach the 100-win plateau. Walsh was also instrumental in establishing and managing the World League of American Football, now known as NFL Europe. He has continued to serve the league as a consultant and representative in various NFL ventures.
The author of two books, Finding the Winning Edge and Building a Champion, Walsh earned a bachelor's and a master's degree in education from San Jose State University.
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