Former San Jose State coach Bob Bronzan dies

Updated: December 11, 2006, 7:56 PM ET
Associated Press

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 1950.

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 from 1956-57.

Bronzan was San Jose State's athletic director from 1960-71.

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