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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

49ers coaching career: 1979-1988

3x Super Bowl winner (1981, 1984, 1988)
1981 NFL Coach of the Year

2
George Seifert is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Coaches of All Time

49ers coaching career: 1989-1996

2x Super Bowl winner (1989, 1994)

3
Jim Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Coaches of All Time

49ers coaching career: 2011-2014

2011 NFL Coach of the Year

4
Kyle Shanahan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Coaches of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added

49ers coaching career: 2017-present

5
Steve Mariucci is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Coaches of All Time

49ers coaching career: 1997-2002

6
Dick Nolan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Coaches of All Time

49ers coaching career: 1968-1975

7
Buck Shaw is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Coaches of All Time

49ers coaching career: 1946-1954

8
Monte Clark is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Coaches of All Time

49ers coaching career: 1976

9
Frankie Albert is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Coaches of All Time

49ers coaching career: 1956-1958

10
Red Hickey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Coaches of All Time
Red Hickey

49ers coaching career: 1959-1963

11
Mike Singletary is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Coaches of All Time

49ers coaching career: 2008-2010

12
Jack Christiansen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Coaches of All Time

49ers coaching career: 1963-1967

13
Mike Nolan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Coaches of All Time
Mike Nolan

49ers coaching career: 2005-2008

14
Red Strader is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Coaches of All Time
Red Strader

49ers coaching career: 1955

15
Fred O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Coaches of All Time
Fred O'Connor

49ers coaching career: 1978

16
Ken Meyer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Coaches of All Time
Ken Meyer

49ers coaching career: 1977

17
Pete McCulley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Coaches of All Time
Pete McCulley

49ers coaching career: 1978

18
Chip Kelly is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Coaches of All Time
andrewwruan added

49ers coaching career: 2016

19
Jim Tomsula is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Coaches of All Time

49ers coaching career: 2010-2015

20
Dennis Erickson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Coaches of All Time

49ers coaching career: 2003-2004