SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Longtime San Francisco 49ers coach and executive Bill McPherson has died at the age of 88.

The 49ers said McPherson died Tuesday.

McPherson spent 20 seasons as a defensive assistant for the 49ers from 1979-98, helping the franchise win five Super Bowl titles. He was hired in coach Bill Walsh’s first season with the team and was defensive coordinator from 1989-93 under coach George Seifert.

McPherson later worked as the team’s director of pro personnel from 1999-2002 and a personnel consultant from 2003-05.

McPherson also coached one season with the Philadelphia Eagles and in college for his alma mater Santa Clara and UCLA.

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McPherson is survived by his wife, Elsie, five children, 11 grandchildren and one great grandchild.