49ers select comparatively different Tomsula as conduct coach

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  • Defensive line manager Jim Tomsula, celebrating a play in a second half of a win over a Eagles in September, is reportedly a new San Francisco 49ers conduct coach.nbsp; Photo: Brant Ward / The Chronicle / ONLINE_YES

The 49ers went from Jim Harbaugh to “Jim Nobody from Nowhere.”

Four years after creation a dash by employing Harbaugh as their conduct coach, a 49ers done many of their fans nonplussed by replacing him Wednesday with defensive line manager Jim Tomsula, whose self-given “Nowhere” nickname is a curtsy to his anonymity.

Tomsula, 46, apparently comes with distant reduction pushing than Harbaugh, a former NFL quarterback who arrived after resurrecting Stanford’s once-pushover program. Tomsula, a defensive lineman during Division II Catawba College, comes to a tip pursuit notwithstanding never carrying been an NFL coordinator.

His NFL resume consists of his 8 seasons heading a 49ers’ defensive line, nonetheless a final of his 9 seasons in now-defunct NFL Europe was spent as conduct manager of a Rhein Fire.

Tomsula, a longest-tenured member of a staff, was a 49ers’ halt manager for a 2010 regular-season culmination when he initial flashed his colorful everyman persona. In truth, he’s distant some-more than a blue-collar jokester. He is renouned among players, though he is also perfectionist and is regarded as one of a NFL’s best position coaches after education a horde of undrafted giveaway agents who have forged out NFL careers.

But his graduation is certain to be met with skepticism. Of a 9 possibilities deliberate for a job, Tomsula has a slightest NFL knowledge and is a usually manager who’s never been a coordinator in a league. It’s not famous if a 49ers had a grave talk with Tomsula before creation a hire.

A day after interruption ways with Harbaugh, 49ers CEO Jed York pronounced he was seeking a clergyman in his subsequent head-coaching hire. He also voiced a enterprise to “win with class,” that was noticed as a shot during Harbaugh, whose clever celebrity helps explain because he’s now during a University of Michigan. On Wednesday, York strike on both of his prior themes in hailing Tomsula’s hiring.

“After conducting a consummate coaching search, and assembly with a series of superb candidates, Jim Tomsula clearly is a right male to lead this team,” York said. “Jim is a good clergyman and a extensive manager who conducts himself with good category and integrity.”

The in-house employing evidently wasn’t done to say smoothness for a authorization that had a 36-11-1 record and reached 3 true NFC pretension games before this season’s unsatisfactory 8-8 record. The 49ers will keep usually using backs manager Tom Rathman from a remaining staff, Fox Sports reported Wednesday night. Rathman, a second-longest tenured member of a staff, is tighten with using behind Frank Gore, 31, a franchise’s career rushing personality who is a tentative giveaway agent.

The reported exodus of assistants comes as a surprise. However, it was approaching that defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, who interviewed for a head-coaching opening, would ask to be expelled from his agreement after being upheld over. Fangio, 56, is a 28-year NFL maestro with 15 years of knowledge as a coordinator. He oversaw a invulnerability that authorised a second-fewest points in a NFL over a past 4 seasons. Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver, 40, would be a claimant to reinstate Fangio, a source said. Tarver was a 49ers’ outward linebackers manager from 2005 to 2010.

The 49ers clearly identified Tomsula as a favorite from a start, though they also had clever seductiveness in Broncos descent coordinator Adam Gase, 36.

They conducted their second talk with Gase on Tuesday in a Denver area, though a Broncos also have seductiveness in creation him their subsequent conduct coach. Gase met with Broncos ubiquitous manager John Elway on Wednesday morning about their head-coaching opening, a Denver Post reported. Gase has worked with a Broncos given 2009.

It’s not famous if Tomsula’s graduation will lean All-Pro defensive tackle Justin Smith, 35, to lapse for a 15th season. In December, Smith pronounced he hadn’t done adult his mind about entrance behind in 2015, though a source pronounced he would be some-more prone to postpone retirement if Tomsula or Fangio was named conduct coach.

Eric Branch is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail: ebranch@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @Eric_Branch

49ers coaching history




Jim Harbaugh



Jim Tomsula



Mike Singletary



Mike Nolan



Dennis Erickson



Steve Mariucci



George Seifert



Bill Walsh



Fred O’Connor



Pete McCulley



Ken Meyer



Monte Clark



Dick Nolan



Jack Christiansen



Red Hickey



Frankie Albert



Red Strader



Buck Shaw



Jim Tomsula

Coaching experience


49ers: Defensive line manager (2007-14), halt conduct manager (2010, one game)


Rhein Fire: Head manager (2006)

Berlin Thunder: Defensive coordinator/special teams (2004-05)

Scottish Claymores: Defensive line, special teams, outward linebackers (1999-2003)

England Monarchs: Defensive line, special teams (1998)


Catawba College: Assistant conduct coach, defensive coordinator, defensive line, special teams, strength and conditioning (1989, 1997-99, 2001-05)

Charleston Southern: Linebackers, defensive line, strength and conditioning (1992-95)


Woodland Hills, Pa.: Defensive line (1990)

Playing experience

Catawba College (1987-88)

Middle Tennessee State (1985)

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