Sam Wyche became the 49ers quarterbacks coach in 1979, not long after ending his NFL career. Since then, he’d opened up a chain of seven sporting goods stores, tried his hand as a broadcaster, and spent some time raising two children. He’d met Walsh in 1968, when he was a rookie quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals and Walsh was an assistant coach. His time as a 49ers coach was before I was old enough to know anything about the Niners, but he’s generally credited as a key figure in helping Joe Montana develop, and of course I remember Super Bowl XXIII with the Bengals, and how that was a match-up between a mentor and his teacher, Bill Walsh. Wyche, the Ickey Shuffle, and Boomer Esiason are probably the three things I remember most about the 1988 Bengals; Wyche was one of the most interesting NFL coaches of his day.
These days, he’s living in South Carolina. An ESPN columnist in fall 2007 caught up with him, now a coach of the local high school football team. The columnist related that Wyche was driving a Civic hybrid, a sign that maybe his time in the Bay Area had rubbed off on him a little. Wyche has his own website, and it’s more than just a place to promote himself. This page is a gallery of old pictures from his career; scroll down to the bottom and see some shots of Wyche as a Niners coach.