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Hall of Fame
Some of the NFL's most successful got thier start at CSM.
Bill Walsh
Former 49ers and Stanford Head Coach
Bill Walsh was a two sport athlete at CSM (football and baseball), but it would be in football that he would really make his mark. Bill transferred to San Jose State College, where he played quarterback. As a football coach, he developed new concepts in offense and has been described as an offensive genius by many in the coaching profession. His impact has been felt at every level of the game, from Pop Warner football to the NFL. Walsh led the San Francisco 49ers to their first Super Bowl victory, and in so doing began a dynasty of success and respect for the 49ers.

Dick Vermeil
Chiefs Head Coach
Dick Vermeil served as a CSM football coach in the early 1960's. Dick is just one of many outstanding coaches who got their start in college football at CSM. CSM Bulldog and current Kansas City Chief Head Coach, Dick Vermeil is just one of four coaches in NFL history to lead two different teams to the Super Bowl, joining Bill Parcells, Dan Reeves and Don Shula as the only other individuals ever to accomplish that feat.

John Madden
Former Raiders Head Coach
John Madden attended College of San Mateo and played football before transferring to Cal Poly, SLO. Madden was a high school teammate of current CSM coach Jack Thur at Jefferson High School. John's most outstanding accomplishment in athletics came in his role as head coach of the Oakland Raiders when he guided the Silver and Black to victory in the Super Bowl. After 10 seasons leading the Raiders, John left coaching and entered the world of broadcasting. John Madden is now one of America's favorite sports personalities.

Walt Harris
Stanford Head Coach
Walt Harris attended the College of San Mateo where he was an All Conference linebacker. From CSM, he attended the University of the Pacific where he was a standout defensive back. There is no doubt that Harris has put together an impressive career both as a head and assistant coach on the college and professional levels. At each stop along the way, Harris made his mark by coaching and mentoring players and building championship teams. Coach Harris is now the Head Football Coach at Stanford University.

Tom Martinez
Former CSM Head Coach
With more than 1,100 career victories, Tom Martinez is the most successful community college coach in the history of California and perhaps the nation. Tom served as head football coach for five years and offensive coordinator many years after. He was the 1995 California Community Coach of the Year, San Mateo Hall of Fame, member of the State Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame and holds numerous other honorary posts. New England Patriot Tom Brady considers Tom Martinez his mentor and works with him every off-season to clean up his mechanics.

Ted Tollner
Former San Diego State Head Coach
Highly-respected in collegiate and NFL circles alike, Ted Tollner was named the 49ers offensive coordinator January 9, 2004 after spending the previous two seasons coaching the quarterbacks. Tollner has more than 30 years of coaching experience on the collegiate and professional level, including four years as a head coach at USC (1983-86) and eight at San Diego State (1994-01). Tollner led the Aztecs to three winning campaigns and the school’s first post-season bowl game in seven years (1998).

Steve Shafer
Former Raven Assistant Head Coach
Steve Schafer is in his 35th year of coaching, his first with the Jacksonville Jaguars as Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Backs Coach. Shafer is also shared the same roles for the Baltimore Ravens’ from 1999-2001 winning a Super Bowl with the Brian Billick and the Ravens. Before joining Billick’s staff, Steve tutored the Carolina Panthers’ defensive backs in 1998. The Panthers’ tied for fourth in the NFL that season with 19 interceptions.

Jack Thur
Former CSM Head Coach
After 40 years of coaching, its high time that we shine the spotlight on to CSM offensive line coach Jack Thur. Coach Thus is the “dean of coaches” on the CSM campus. Although he retired from full-time teaching in 1996, Coach Thur continues respond to the bell each season as the offensive line coach. Jack began his teaching and coaching career close to his Daly City home when he became a physical education instructor and football coach at Oceana High School in Pacifica in 1962. After several years on the coast, Jack moved to another new campus and became the head football coach at Serramonte High School. In 1981 Coach Thur joined the teaching and coaching faculty at College of San Mateo and became one of the premier offensive line coaches in California community college football. Jack Thur’s career in football was greatly shaped by College of San Mateo football and he remains an example of the CSM philosophy of recruiting local student athletes. Jack graduated from Jefferson High School and enrolled at College of San Mateo where he became a member of the offensive and defensive line. In those days, players went both ways. Jack transferred to Michigan State University where he continued playing football and earned his bachelor of science degree. Jack later earned his M.A. at Azusa Pacific. Coach Thur is a real “players coach.” The linemen that he coaches look upon him with respect and admiration. At CSM, Jack served as the offensive line coach for head coaches Bill Dickey, Tom Martinez and now Larry Owens. One year, 1989, Jack was the head coach. Throughout his 22 years of coaching football at College of San Mateo, Jack Thur has been a quiet force that ensures that the traditions of the Bulldog Football program are passed on. Universally well-liked and respected, Jack Thur has made his mark. Hundreds of football players have been coached, counseled and guided by Jack. He has a special way of gaining the confidence of his players, a casual manner that makes new friends and a gift for making everyone around feel appreciated. The College of San Mateo Bulldogs are proud of Jack’s accomplishments and thankful for his service. This is a special Bulldog thank you to Jack Thur for his many years of service to the College.
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