LINCOLN, Calif. -- Bob Bronzan, who coached Bill Walsh and
Dick Vermeil at San Jose State before becoming the school's
athletic director, has died, the school said Monday. He was 87.
Bronzan also was a football player and a professor during
portions of five decades at San Jose State, including seven seasons
as the Spartans' head coach.
The school said he died Sunday without immediately disclosing
the cause. He also served as a scout for six NFL teams.
Bronzan played tackle at San Jose State from 1937-39. After
serving as an Air Force officer during World War II, he was an
assistant coach for four seasons before becoming head coach in
Walsh, who coached the San Francisco 49ers to three NFL
championships and later made the Pro Football Hall of Fame, played
end for Bronzan's teams from 1952-53, and Bronzan later hired Walsh
as a part-time assistant. Vermeil, who led the St. Louis Rams to a
Super Bowl victory in January 2000, played quarterback for Bronzan
Bronzan was San Jose State's athletic director from 1960-71.