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Jeff Hafley
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BIOGRAPHY

Jeff Hafley enters his second season as the 49ers defensive backs coach after spending the previous two seasons (2014-15) as the secondary coach with the Cleveland Browns.

Last season, Hafley worked with a 49ers secondary that saw CB Tramaine Brock and DB Jimmie Ward each register career highs in passes defensed. Rookie CB Rashard Robinson played in 14 games (six starts) as he finished third on the team with eight passes defensed and one interception. San Francisco’s defense saw its pass defense go from 27th in the NFL the year prior to 14th in 2016 (240.5).

In 2015, S Donte Whitner finished second on the team with 81 tackles while adding four passes defensed and a career-high 1.5 sacks, while CB Tramon Williams led the team with 10 passes defensed.

During his first season as the secondary coach with the Browns in 2014...

Jeff Hafley enters his second season as the 49ers defensive backs coach after spending the previous two seasons (2014-15) as the secondary coach with the Cleveland Browns.

Last season, Hafley worked with a 49ers secondary that saw CB Tramaine Brock and DB Jimmie Ward each register career highs in passes defensed. Rookie CB Rashard Robinson played in 14 games (six starts) as he finished third on the team with eight passes defensed and one interception. San Francisco’s defense saw its pass defense go from 27th in the NFL the year prior to 14th in 2016 (240.5).

In 2015, S Donte Whitner finished second on the team with 81 tackles while adding four passes defensed and a career-high 1.5 sacks, while CB Tramon Williams led the team with 10 passes defensed.

During his first season as the secondary coach with the Browns in 2014, Cleveland led the NFL in opponent passer rating (74.1), opponent completion percentage (57.1) and passes defensed (99) while finishing second in the league with 21 interceptions, the team’s highest total since 2008. CB Joe Haden, Whitner and S Tashaun Gipson were each selected to the Pro Bowl, marking the first time in franchise history that three defensive backs were selected to the Pro Bowl in the same year. Despite missing the final five games of the season, Gipson finished second in the NFL with six interceptions. Cleveland allowed 69 fewer points than they did in 2013 and ranked ninth in scoring defense (21.1 PPG). His secondary was part of a defensive unit that led the NFL in opponent quarterback rating (74.1), ranked second in interceptions (21), and tied for fourth in takeaways (29) in 2014.

Prior to joining the Browns, Hafley spent two years (2012-13) with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 2013, as the team’s secondary/safeties coach, Hafley oversaw a unit that finished tied for third in the league in interceptions (21) and takeaways (31). CB Darrell Revis earned Pro Bowl honors as he registered 50 tackles and 11 passes defended.

In 2012, his first year in the NFL, Hafley served as an assistant defensive backs coach for the Buccaneers. He helped rookie S Mark Barron finish second among rookie defensive backs in tackles (88) and passes defensed (10) while CB Ronde Barber registered a team-high four interceptions in his transition from cornerback to safety.

Before entering the NFL, Hafley spent 11 seasons in the collegiate ranks, including coaching stints at Rutgers University (2011), the University of Pittsburgh (2006-10), the University of Albany (2002-05) and Worcester Polytechnic University (2001).

During Hafley’s only season at Rutgers, the Scarlet Knights were the ninth-ranked passing defense in the country (172.3 yards per game) while S Duron Harmon earned First-Team All-Big East honors and CB Logan Ryan received a second-team selection. Both Harmon and Ryan were drafted in the third round of the 2013 NFL draft by the New England Patriots.

Prior to joining Rutgers, Hafley spent five seasons at the University of Pittsburgh, coaching the secondary (2008-10) and as a defensive assistant/cornerbacks coach (2006-07). 

In 2010, Pittsburgh ranked 15th in the country in points allowed per game (19.0) and 19th in passing yards allowed per game (185.1). Hafley coached a secondary that recorded 15 interceptions and 52 passes defensed in helping Pittsburgh to a 10-3 record in 2009. In Hafley’s first season as the secondary coach for Pittsburgh in 2008, the unit registered 16 interceptions and 53 passes defensed while allowing 193.0 passing yards per game.

During his first season at Pittsburgh (2006), he helped mentor CB Darrell Revis, who was named a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s top cornerback and was selected in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft (14th overall) by the New York Jets.

Hafley began his coaching career as the running backs coach at Worcester Polytechnic University (2001) prior to spending four seasons at the University of Albany, where he was a defensive tackles coach (2002-03) and defensive backs coach (2004-05). During his time at Albany, Hafley oversaw the development of CB Kurt Campbell, who went on to become the first player in school history to be selected in the NFL Draft.

A native of Montvale, NJ, Hafley was a four-year wide receiver at Siena College from 1997-2000. He graduated cum laude in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena and earned his master’s from Albany in 2003. Hafley is married to the former Gina Pomponio. They have one daughter, Hope Elyse.

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