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January 16, 1997 a new meaning had just dawned on Steve Mariucci's life, he had just joined the San Fransico 49ers as head coach. As of this day forward he is obligated to win, win, and win, achieving nothing less then perfection every year. The task enormous improving pon an already great team.

Mariucci was born on november 4th 1955. He has been working in football for an extremely long time. He started as a college Qb in Nothern Michigan in 1973-77. He was a great QB but to short to make it as a pro. His accomplishing were great All America two times, team MVP 3 times, 14 school passing records and a division II national championship.

Knowing he couldn't make it in the NFL, he turned his attention to coaching. He began in 1978-79 at his alma mater. Working as a QB and RB coach. In 1983-84 he moved to California State- Fullerton where QB and special teams coordinator. In 1985 he accepted his 1st pro position, it was in the USFL as the Orlando Renegades WR coach. Later he had a short escapade with the LA Rams. He was then transfered to the university of Southern California as a receivers and special teams coordinator.

Mariucci stayed at Cal for 5 years. He was a WR coach and Special teams coordinator from 87-89 and then moved to offensive coordinator from 90-91. In 92 he went to Green Bay as the QB coach, where he turned QBs like Favre, Brunell, and Ty Detmer in to the great players they are today. Detmer's ties to Mariucci were a contributor to him joining the 49ers.

In '96 Mariucci went back to Cal, where he earned a trip to the Aloha Bowl, there he guided 4th round Kansas City pick Pat Barnes to 8 Pac-10 records and 30 Cal records.

With the 49ers offense struggling they neede to do something drastic. Something that would bolster them throught the Packers. It was Mariucci's knowledge of the West Coast Offense and the time he spent in Green Bay that landed him in San Fransico as the 49ers 13th head coach. He had quite the act to follow, and was quite succesful in his first year. Finishing 13 and 3 on the regular season with homefield advantage. He won 11 consecutive games, a single season record for the 9ers, he clinched homefield advantage with 5 games left to play, and brought the NFC West title back home where it belongs. Still he fell short of the Packers. That will me his mission for the 98-99 season, beat that Pack and win a Super Bowl. Of course this time he will have the help of the incomperable Jerry Rice, who missed all but two games last year due to knee injury.



 
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