Coaches The Best San Francisco 49ers Coaches of All Time  

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There have been many San Francisco 49ers coaches since the team got its start, but who is truly the best 49ers coach of all time? Help us answer that question by upvoting your personal favorite San Francisco 49ers coaches, and downvoting any that you believe brought the team down.

The second most winningest Super Bowl team in the NFL (tied with Dallas with 5), the Niners won all their championships under the leadership of only two coaches. Their first three came in the 80s, courtesy of Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh. Walsh coached the team to three Super Bowl victories in 1981, 1984, and 1988. In 1989 new head coach George Seifert helped them with back to back Super Bowls, and he won another one with the team in 94. 

Who is the greatest San Francisco 49ers coach of all time? Let us know by upvoting for your favorite head coaches below that you believe really made an impact on the franchise.
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Bill Walsh is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 76 (1931-2007)
William Ernest "Bill" Walsh was the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers and the Stanford Cardinal football team, during which time he popularized the West Coast offense. After ...more
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Jim Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Coaches of All Time
age 56
James Joseph "Jim" Harbaugh is the head football coach at the University of Michigan and a former quarterback. He played college football at Michigan and played in the National ...more
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George Seifert is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Coaches of All Time
age 79
George Seifert is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head coach for the San Francisco 49ers and the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. Seifert joined ...more
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Kyle Shanahan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Coaches of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added age 40
Kyle Shanahan is an American football coach who is currently the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League. Shanahan, at 28 years, 26 days old, became the ...more
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Steve Mariucci is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Coaches of All Time
age 64
Stephen Ray "Steve" Mariucci is a former National Football League coach. He coached for the San Francisco 49ers and the Detroit Lions.
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Dick Nolan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 75 (1932-2007)
Richard Charles Nolan was an American football player and head coach in the National Football League. He was the father of college and NFL coach Mike Nolan.
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Buck Shaw is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 78 (1899-1977)
Lawrence T. "Buck" Shaw was an American football player and coach. He served as the head coach for Santa Clara University, the University of California, Berkeley, the San Francisco ...more
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Monte Clark is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 72 (1937-2009)
Monte Dale Clark was an American football player who served as head coach for two National Football League teams: the San Francisco 49ers and the Detroit Lions.
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Frankie Albert is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1920-2002)
Frank Cullen "Frankie" Albert was an American football player. He played as a quarterback with the San Francisco 49ers in the National Football League. Albert attended Stanford ...more
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Mike Singletary is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Coaches of All Time
age 61
Michael "Mike" Singletary is an American football coach and former professional football player. After playing college football for the Baylor Bears, Singletary was drafted by the ...more
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Red Hickey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Coaches of All Time
Red Hickey Dec. at 89 (1917-2006)
Howard Wayne "Red" Hickey was an American football player and coach who played for two teams and served as head coach for the San Francisco 49ers, where he was most famous for creating ...more
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Mike Nolan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Coaches of All Time
Mike Nolan age 60
Mike Nolan is an American football coach and the current linebackers coach of the San Diego Chargers. He was formerly head coach for the San Francisco 49ers and a defensive coordinator for the ...more
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8 22
Jack Christiansen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 58 (1928-1986)
Jack Leroy Christiansen was an American football player and coach and is perhaps most recognized for his eight-year Hall of Fame playing career with the Detroit Lions in the National Football ...more
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Red Strader is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Coaches of All Time
Red Strader Dec. at 54 (1902-1956)
Norman Parker "Red" Strader was a American football player and coach who served in both capacities at the collegiate and professional levels. In the college ranks, he spent two years ...more
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Fred O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Coaches of All Time
Fred O'Connor age 80
Fred O'Connor is a former American football coach and administrator whose career spanned more than 30 years at the high school, collegiate, and professional levels. He served in coaching ...more
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Ken Meyer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Coaches of All Time
Ken Meyer age 93
Ken Meyer is a former football coach at the high school, collegiate and professional levels. He may be best remembered as the head coach of the National Football League's San Francisco 49ers in
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Pete McCulley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Coaches of All Time
Pete McCulley Dec. at 61 (1931-1992)
Pete McCulley was an American football coach. He served as the head coach of the National Football League's San Francisco 49ers for the first nine games of the 1978 season. Winning only one game ...more
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Dennis Erickson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Coaches of All Time
age 72
Dennis Brian Erickson is an American football coach and the running back coach at the University of Utah. Previously, Erickson was the head coach at the University of Idaho, the University of ...more
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15 66
Jim Tomsula is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Coaches of All Time
age 51
James Andrew "Jim" Tomsula is an American football coach. He is currently the head coach for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League, a position he has held since ...more
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Chip Kelly is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Coaches of All Time
andrewwruan added age 56
Charles "Chip" Kelly is an American football coach. He is the head coach for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League, a position he has held since 2013. Kelly served as ...more