Stanford has named 49ers defensive assistant and outside linebackers coach Peter Hansen as its inside linebackers coach, the school announced Monday.
Hansen joined San Francisco on Feb. 4, 2011. He spent the 2009 and '10 seasons at Stanford as a defensive assistant on the Stanford Cardinal coaching staff, working closely with current 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio in film breakdown, scouting reports and practice preparation. He had previously served as a strength and conditioning intern for the Cardinal, in 2008.
“Pete comes to us at a young age but with a tremendous wealth of knowledge,” Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football David Shaw said. “In the last three years, he’s worked with one of the best defenses in the NFL and worked with some of the best linebackers in the NFL. His perspective and energy will help our front seven.”
Prior to his Stanford tenure, Hansen was an assistant coach at Palo Alto High School for four seasons (2004-07). Hansen worked primarily with the Vikings’ tight ends and defensive ends. He also served as the team’s defensive coordinator during the 2006 and 2007 campaigns.
Hansen was a two-sport athlete at the University of Arizona, playing both football and basketball. On the gridiron he blocked seven field goals and point after attempts during his career, and earned second team All-Pac-10 Conference honors as a special teams performer in 2000. Hansen was a member of the Wildcats’ basketball team during the 1999-2000 and 2001-02 seasons. Hansen graduated in December, 2001 with a degree in economics before finishing the 2001-02 basketball season.
Hansen played professional football for the Cannes Iron Mask in Cannes, France, in 2003, and later played professional basketball for Club Falcon in Copenhagen, Denmark, during the 2003-04 season.
A Palo Alto native, Hansen attended Palo Alto High School where he played for his father, Earl, the long-time football coach at the school, who announced his retirement in January 2014.