Walsh to serve as Stanford's interim athletic director

Updated: November 2, 2005, 12:49 AM ET
Associated Press

STANFORD, Calif. -- Bill Walsh will serve as Stanford's interim athletic director while the school searches for Ted Leland's replacement.

Walsh, a former football coach at the school, teaches a class at Stanford's Graduate School of Business and has served as a special assistant to Leland since 2004.

Leland announced last month that he would end his 14-year tenure at the school at the end of the year to become vice president for university advancement at the University of the Pacific.

Stanford will name a search committee for Leland's successor soon, but Provost John Etchemendy said Tuesday the search would probably take at least several months.

"Bill's experience and skills as a coach and business manager are without parallel," Etchemendy said. "But even more important, his tenure at Stanford has shown that he places a high value on the critical importance of academics in the success of our athletics program. We are fortunate and grateful that he has agreed to take on this important role on an acting basis."

Walsh served as Stanford's head football coach from 1977-78 and 1992-94. In between those two stints, he coached the San Francisco 49ers to three Super Bowl titles, earning his way into the Hall of Fame.

One of Walsh's biggest tasks as interim AD will be overseeing the renovation of Stanford Stadium, which is to begin after the final football game in November.

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