Sam Wyche

  • Born: January 5, 1945
  • Died: January 2, 2020
  • Location: Pickens, South Carolina


Head coach took Cincinnati Bengals to Super Bowl…

Sam Wyche, former head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals, who led the team to Super Bowl XXIII, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, of complications of melanoma, at his home in Pickens, S.C. He was 74. For full obituary and coverage from, click here

Condolence & Memory Journal

I'll never forget Coach muttering dejuavui all over again as Montana took the 49ers down the field in the Super Bowl. Coach Wyche was a true Christian gentleman, he will be missed.

Posted by Christine Baxter - Tucson, AZ   February 04, 2020

Sam made a big impact in my life when I was in high school. He was my assigned teacher aid when I was a senior. RIP coach Wyche.. may be gone but never forgotten.

Posted by AMY LIEBOLD - MARTINS FERRY(SCHOOL), OH - student   February 01, 2020

I am sorry regarding the loss of your loved one. May the God of Comfort, continue to comfort the family, during these difficult times.

Posted by A friend   January 31, 2020

I am sorry regarding the loss of your loved one. May you find peace in remembering the things he did, in life.

Posted by A friend   January 14, 2020

Our deepest condolences to the family. We pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort you all during this difficult period.

Posted by A friend   January 13, 2020


Posted by Valenda Newell - INDIANAPOLIS, IN   January 12, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. May the God of comfort be with your family.

Posted by A friend   January 12, 2020

My deepest condolences to the family . May you find comfort in your treasured memories and Gods comforting words.

Posted by A friend   January 12, 2020

So sorry for your loss he was such an inspiration to everyone that knew him.We pray that God will be with you and your family to comfort and give you peace through this difficult time.

Posted by Doyle and Dretha Dorsey - Pickens, SC - acquaintance   January 11, 2020

My condolences to the family. May the God of Comfort be with you as you mourn and grieve the loss of your loved one.

Posted by A friend   January 11, 2020

My condolences to the family and friends of Sam Wyche, may the God of comfort be with you at this time of sadness.

Posted by A friend   January 10, 2020

Sam gave us so much more than we could ever give him. He leaves us with so many great memories. WELL DONE, COACH, WELL DONE!

Dan - Cold Spring, KY

Posted by A friend   January 10, 2020

Since Condolences to Jane Wyche & family. I had the honor of meeting & briefly chatting with Sam at a couple of "Meals On Wheels" volunteer luncheons in Easley, SC Sam was a very special person!

Tom K. Lavelle
Xavier Class of 1972

Posted by Thomas Lavelle - Tamassee, SC   January 10, 2020

My condolences goes out to the Family of Coach Sam Wyche. As our Thoughts and Prayers are with you and your wonderful Family. Coach Sam Wyche was a wonderful Coach and a very compassionate person. We all want to say, Thanks so much for all of the good memories that Coach Wyche brought forth while Coaching our Bengals. Especially designing his famous "No Huddle Offense" along with Sam's quick wit at handling objections on the Playing Field. May God Bless and be with All of you at your time of loss.

Posted by Pat Kehoe - Madeira, OH - friend   January 09, 2020

My condolences go out to the family of Sam Wythe. The sporting world will miss him.

Posted by Lee - TN   January 09, 2020

Thoughts and prayers for your family. Coach Wyche was a true gentleman. The kindness and caring he exhibited to my son while coaching at Pickens High school will always be remembered. Bless you all.

Posted by P Crumpton - Sarasota, FL   January 09, 2020

I 'm sorry for your loss.My God provide your family with the comfort and needed strength to endure as you mourn for your loved one.

Posted by A friend   January 09, 2020

Condolences to the Wyche family on your loss


Posted by A friend   January 09, 2020


Posted by Jim Brewster - Anderson, SC   January 09, 2020

We are big football fans as my wife is a PARDEE. Cousin of the late JACK PARDEE! They are both from the same era and we respected Sams coaching ability and followed his career. So sorry to learn of his death and condolences to his family.

Posted by Gifford Holt - Durango, CO   January 08, 2020

Prayers and condolences to all of Sam's family and friends during this sad occasion.

Posted by Norman Smith - Blackville, SC   January 08, 2020

Jane and family,

I was saddened by the news of Sam's passing.

He will be missed by all who knew him and especially by all of the lives of the folks he inspired.

A great life well lived!


Posted by Bill Peek - Camp Humphreys, Korea   January 08, 2020

A great coach .......Cincinnati was fortunate to have him!!

Posted by Randy Smart - friend   January 07, 2020

Posted by Dan Weaver    January 07, 2020

In memory of Sam Wyche!
We met Sam every year at Bengals Training Camp at Wilmington during his reign in Cincy.
Sam always took time out for all Fans and made sure he stopped and made small talk and always asked how you were doing.
He was more than a coach but a special personable human being.
The Team and Fans fed off his enthusiasm for the game!
Sam is and always will be my best Bengals Coach who served under Paul Brown.
My memories of Sam will always be a Big piece of Great Bengals Memories in my lifetime.

Posted by Dan Weaver - Versailles, OH   January 07, 2020

I've always been a fan of the Bengals. It started when Mr. Wyche was coach. I am so sorry and I pray that the family draws comfort in Jehovah's promise that all sorrow will end soon.

Posted by Alfreda Valentine - West Helena, AR   January 07, 2020

So sorry to hear about Sam's death. My deepest sympathy goes out to the Wyche family.

Posted by Brant Hart - Charlotte, NC   January 07, 2020

January 7, 2020

Dear Family of Former Coach Mr. Sam Wyce:

I am a Member of Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church, 600 East 35th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60616. Reverend Dr. David B. Thornton is The Pastor, The Moderator of The Session, and The Head of The Staff. He is also My Mentor, Teacher, and Spiritual Advisor. Reverend Donald B. Register is The Pastor Emeritus.

I am also A Former Member of Church Musician Ship Guild, Inc. (1988-2008). The late Dr. Mildred G. Lewis was The Founder, and Executive Director. I was their Administrative Assistant, Executive Secretary, and Public Relations Director.

Sam was a wonderful person. He will truly be missed by all those people whose paths that he had crossed. You all should be very proud of him. He did leave a great legacy.


Posted by VALINDA JONES - CINCINNATI, OH   January 07, 2020

Cancer is a terrible disease. May comfort and peace be with the family.

Posted by Lea    January 07, 2020

You don't live in Cleveland! you live in Cincinnati!... You were a great coach Mr. Wyche. RIP

Posted by Paco - Bowling Green, KY   January 07, 2020

An Amazing Guy. I met Sam when he came to Tampa as the new head coach of the Bucs. I was allowed to be Coach Sam's assistant football coach for the day. This was back when the team held practices at the University of Tampa. That same year Sam welcomed me into One Buccaneer Place to do a weekly High School Buccaneer Report show for my school. This show continued for the 3 years I attended High School. Sam had a story for everything and could remember so much. I had recently relocated from Tampa to Greenville and once again had the opportunity to share the football field with Coach at Furman University. Once again he would tell storied and could recall teammates (and those stories as well). I thank Sam for sharing his love of the game, his memories. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

Posted by James Lyle - Woodruff, SC   January 07, 2020

what a coach and honest person, who turned around a dysfunctional franchise, and touch so many young people.

Coach Wyche, thank you for your service and dedication . Tommy

Posted by A friend   January 07, 2020

May God comfort you at this time, 2 C orn 1:3,4 I'm so sorry for your loss.

Posted by A friend   January 07, 2020

My condolences to the Wyche family, so very sorry for your loss, may you draw comfort and strength from God as you go through this very difficult time.

Posted by A friend   January 07, 2020

It's with great sadness to learn of Sam Wyche passing. We will never forget the excitement and thrill of taking the Cincinnati Bengals to Superbowl 23! Thanks Sam! My sincerest condolences to your family. Clyde Randall Patrick, Hamilton Ohio.

Posted by Clyde Randall Patrick - Hamilton, OH   January 07, 2020

I'm extending my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Sam. May you find comfort in knowing God cares for you and will help you during this time of grief and sorrow.

Posted by A friend   January 07, 2020


Sorry to hear of the loss

Posted by Ann Stokman - Greendale, WI   January 07, 2020


Godspeed Sam, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us, and the memories.

Posted by Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ   January 06, 2020

Posted by Phil Jacobs    January 06, 2020

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