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Bill McPherson (American football)

Bill McPherson is a former American football coach in the National Football League. He was the San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator from 1989 to 1993. He was a coach or front office executive in the 49ers organization from 1979 to 2005 and won five Super Bowls.[1]

McPherson was most known for his ability to coach the defensive line, serving as coach of that position for Santa Clara University (1963–1974), UCLA (1975–1977), Philadelphia Eagles (1978), and San Francisco 49ers (1979–1991, 1994–1998). While with Santa Clara, he also served as linebackers coach and associate head coach.[2]

His son, Pat, is the tight ends coach for the Seattle Seahawks.[3]


  1. ^ 49ERS NOTEBOOK / McPherson leaving team after 24 seasons
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-01-03. Retrieved 2015-01-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "A product of the football business". Archived from the original on 2013-06-07. Retrieved 2013-01-22.