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Pacesetters and title-game starters: Utah ties to the Super Bowl

Published: Friday, Feb. 1 2013 12:47 p.m. MST

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While it was a Cougar who quarterbacked the 49ers to victory in Super Bowl XXIX, it was a Ute calling the shots. George Seifert, San Francisco's head coach from 1989-96, played collegiately at the University of Utah.

Following his playing days at Utah, he spent a season as a graduate assistant with the Utes. Seifert followed that up with a year as head coach at Westminster College, at the age of 24.

His coaching career eventually led him to San Francisco, where he took over as the 49ers' defensive backs coach in 1980. He became the team's defensive coordinator in 1983 and replaced the retiring Bill Walsh as San Francisco's head coach in 1989.

In his first season as the 49ers head coach, Seifert and a Joe Montana-led team beat the Broncos 55-10 in Super Bowl XXIII, the biggest margin of victory in the championship game. Seifert is one of only three coaches to lead a team to a Super Bowl victory in their rookie season as a head coach.

"Putting my stamp on the team wasn't one of my goals," Seifert told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in an article published on the eve of Super Bowl XXIII. "My goal was one of continuity. I've been with this club for 10 years, and I'm familiar with the organization. I know the offense and defense. I know how we handle personnel."

That continuity is apparent in his Super Bowl record: as either the head coach or an assistant for the 49ers, Seifert compiled a 5-0 mark.

Up next: A former Cougar player (and current administrator) makes his mark.
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