The annual UW coaches/media golf tournament was held this morning at Washington National Golf Club.
It’s a fun event that was instituted when Tyrone Willingham arrived. I played today with assistant coaches Bob Simmons (about a seven handicap) and J.D. Williams.
However, once we came off the course, Tyrone broke the news that coaching great Bill Walsh had died earlier in the day.
Willingham’s career benefited greatly from the Minority Coaching Fellowship created by Walsh in 1987 when he was with the 49ers. And their paths crossed again in 1994 when Willingham followed Walsh as head coach at Stanford.
Willingham spoke highly of Walsh and revealed that he had paid a final visit just the day before.
Willingham released the following statement through the university:
“The world lost a great man in Bill Walsh. He had a tremendous impact on me, both personally and professionally. Coaches throughout all levels of football have lost an innovator and teacher who had a truly significant impact on the game. Very few people will be able to say they were able to change the course of history. Bill’s development of the minority coaching program at the collegiate and professional levels literally changed the face of football. His sphere of influence was significantly greater than any coach of his time. He will truly be missed.”