Tuesday, July 31, 2007


A Multiple Innovator

Quite appropriately, former 49ers head coach Bill Walsh who died Monday is remembered for his dynamic offensive play-calling and the great San Francisco dynasty he created.

However, in the season after two black coaches made it to the Super Bowl, one shouldn't forget that Walsh was instrumental in integrating the head coach profession. In addition to starting the careers of Dennis Green and Ray Rhodes, he also launched the Minority Coaching Fellowship twenty years ago.

A smart man and a good man. He will be missed.

UPDATE: A full consideration of Walsh's career, including a coaching "family tree" -- linking him to Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith

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