The Chiefs were saddened to learn that longtime assistant coach William H. “Bill” Walsh (pictured second from left on top row) died of natural causes in Atlanta over the weekend. Walsh was part of Hank Stram’s first coaching staff and instructed the offensive line for the Texans and Chiefs from 1960-74.
William H., "Bill" Walsh, of Atlanta, died of natural causes at Hospice Atlanta on May 13, 2012.
Bill was born September 8, 1927 in Phillipsburg, NJ. His parents were Francis A. Walsh and Ruth Messerschmidt Walsh. Bill is survived by his wife of 63 years, Shirley Hoyt Walsh; six children: Sharon Trivelllini wife of Alfred Trivellini, Leesport, PA; Patricia Walsh, Overland Park, KS; Cheryl Walsh, Atlanta, GA; Michael Walsh and wife Pam, Marietta, GA; Kelly Walsh, Atlanta; Christine Tyre wife of Gerald Tyre, Alpharetta, GA. Also surviving are nine grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Bill retired in 1991 after a long career in the National Football League as both player and coach. He was a graduate of Notre Dame in 1949 where he played center for the Fighting Irish, who won two national championships while he was there.
After graduating from Notre Dame, Bill played six seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he was twice an All Pro selection at the center position. He returned to Notre Dame to begin his coaching career as offensive line coach, followed by one year at Kansas State University in the same capacity.
Bill took his first professional coaching job in 1960 for the fledgling American Football League's Dallas Texans who won the league title in 1962. The Texans became the Kansas City Chiefs in 1963, and Bill was coaching with the Chiefs when they played in Super Bowl I and when they won Super Bowl IV. He coached offensive line for the Atlanta Falcons from 1975 - 1982, the Houston Oilers from 1983 - 1986, and Philadelphia Eagles from 1987 - 1991.
Funeral services will be held at All Saints Catholic Church, Dunwoody, GA on Friday, May 18, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Special Olympics, or Hospice Atlanta.
Bill was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and will be greatly missed by his family and remembered always by his many friends.