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Stan Kwan
Assistant Special Teams

BIOGRAPHY

Stan Kwan enters his 27th season in the NFL and first as the 49ers assistant special teams coach. He joins San Francisco after four seasons (2013-16) as the assistant special teams coach with the New Orleans Saints. 

In 2016, Saints P Thomas Morstead ranked fourth in the NFL with a 48.3 punting average. Rookie K Wil Lutz made 28 of his 34 field goal attempts (82.4 percent) and 49 of 50 extra points last season.

New Orleans’ punt return unit was led by rookie RB/RS Marcus Murphy in 2015, who returned the first punt for a touchdown by a member of the Saints since 2011, scoring on a 74-yard punt return at Carolina. The units also registered a blocked punt recovered for a touchdown, blocked two kicks, returning one blocked extra point attempt for the first defensive two-point conversion since the NFL implemented 2015 rules changes.

Kwan joined New Orleans after three seasons (2010-12) in the same role...

Stan Kwan enters his 27th season in the NFL and first as the 49ers assistant special teams coach. He joins San Francisco after four seasons (2013-16) as the assistant special teams coach with the New Orleans Saints. 

In 2016, Saints P Thomas Morstead ranked fourth in the NFL with a 48.3 punting average. Rookie K Wil Lutz made 28 of his 34 field goal attempts (82.4 percent) and 49 of 50 extra points last season.

New Orleans’ punt return unit was led by rookie RB/RS Marcus Murphy in 2015, who returned the first punt for a touchdown by a member of the Saints since 2011, scoring on a 74-yard punt return at Carolina. The units also registered a blocked punt recovered for a touchdown, blocked two kicks, returning one blocked extra point attempt for the first defensive two-point conversion since the NFL implemented 2015 rules changes.

Kwan joined New Orleans after three seasons (2010-12) in the same role with the Buffalo Bills. In 2012, the Bills led the NFL in punt return average (17.1 average), registered two return touchdowns and ranked fourth in kickoff return average (27.0). In 2011, the Bills kickoff coverage units held opponents to 20.4 yards per return, also leading the NFL. The punt return unit finished tied for first in the AFC and third in the NFL with a 12.7 average.

Prior to his time in Buffalo, Kwan spent six seasons with the Detroit Lions (2004-09), his second stint with the team. In those six years, the Lions blocked 16 kicks, the second-most in the NFL over that timespan. Kwan served as Detroit’s special teams coordinator from 2008-09. In 2009, the Lions ranked fifth in the NFC in average starting field position (27.0 yard line) and tied for fourth in the NFL with three special teams takeaways. In 2008, the Lions led the NFL with five special teams takeaways and a plus-four turnover margin. That same season, K Jason Hanson kicked a NFL-high eight field goals from 50-or-more yards.

From 2001-03, Kwan worked as a special teams assistant/defensive quality control coach for the Arizona Cardinals. He went to Arizona following his first stint with the Lions from 1997-2000 as an offensive and special teams assistant. He first entered the NFL in 1991 as a coaching assistant with the San Diego Chargers and served as an offensive and special teams assistant with the Chargers from 1991-96.

A native of Phoenix, AZ, Kwan played baseball collegiately at San Diego State University for three years and earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He spent one year at South Mountain Community College (Phoenix, AZ) prior to attending San Diego State where he was the first freshman to be named captain of the baseball team.

Kwan attended Phoenix Camelback High School where he set school career records for batting average, runs scored, stolen bases, on-base percentage and walks. In his junior year, Camelback was the top-ranked team in the state and was ranked 16th in the nation. He earned all-state honors twice as a shortstop and doubled as the school’s quarterback, where he set the school single-game passing record (327 yards).

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