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Brad Seely
Special Teams Coordinator/ Assistant Head Coach
College:
South Dakota State

BIOGRAPHY

Considered one of the most successful special teams coaches in NFL history, Brad Seely is in his fourth year with the 49ers as assistant head coach/special teams coordinator.

San Francisco’s special teams has been one of top units in the NFL in each of Seely’s first three seasons. From 2011-13, the 49ers have made more field goals (105) than any other team in the NFL. San Francisco also ranks first in the NFL in net punting average (42.8), second in gross punting average (48.2) and fifth in opponents punt return average (7.9) over that time frame.

In 2013, San Francisco’s specials teams unit ranked second in the NFL according to The Dallas Morning News’ Rick Gosselin’s special teams rankings. K Phil Dawson set the 49ers franchise record with 27 consecutive field goals made. Dawson also set single-season career highs with 140 points, 44 made PATs and 32 made field goals. P Andy Lee ranked third in the NFL with a 48.2 gross punting average and fourth in net punting average (41.7).

Under Seely’s direction in 2012, the 49ers fielded one of the strongest special teams units in the NFL. Lee led the NFL with 43.2 net punting average, while also ranking fifth in the league with a 48.0 gross punting average, on his way to All-Pro honors. San Francisco also led the NFL in starting field position (31.8-yd. line) and ranked second in the NFL in opponents starting field position (24.9-yd. line).

In 2011, the 49ers special teams unit emerged as one of the best in the NFL. K David Akers set the NFL single-season record for most field goals (44) and points with no touchdowns (166). Lee set the NFL record with a 44.0 net punting average, while the 49ers led the NFL in average starting field position (33.5-yd. line) and opponents average starting field position (24.3-yd. line). Both Lee and Akers earned All-Pro and Pro Bowl selections. Seely was named Special Teams Coach of the Year by Rick Gosselin of The Dallas Morning News, whose special teams rankings are widely regarded.

Seely brought 22 years of NFL special teams coaching experience to the 49ers. Prior to joining the team, he served as the special teams coordinator for the Cleveland Browns from 2009-10, where he worked with WR/KR Joshua Cribbs, who earned Pro Bowl selections in each of the last two seasons. Seely’s special teams unit led the NFL in kickoff coverage, while ranking fifth in the NFL in punt coverage in 2010.

In 2009, Seely was named Special Teams Coach of the Year after leading the Browns to a league best special teams ranking according to the formula comprised by Rick Gosselin of The Dallas Morning News. It marked Seely’s fifth top-five finish for his special teams units since 1990.

Prior to joining the Browns, Seely spent 10 seasons as the New England Patriots special teams coach (1999-08), where he was part of three Super Bowl championships. Over the span of his tenure in New England, the Patriots led the NFL in kickoff return average (23.5), were fourth in field goal percentage (83.4%) and ranked eighth in punt return average (9.9). In addition, his units registered 11 returns for touchdowns, including eight on kickoffs, a figure that tied for second in the NFL over that 10-year stretch. Seely also helped produced a total of 3 special teams Pro Bowlers (K Adam Vinatieri - 2004, LB Larry Izzo - 2004 and K Stephen Gostkowski - 2008). He also tutored the AFC’s leading kickoff returner on two occasions (WR Bethel Johnson – 2003 and RB Kevin Faulk - 2002) and leading punt returner (WR Troy Brown - 2002).

Seely worked with the Carolina Panthers from 1995-98, where he helped coach an expansion team to an NFC Championship Game appearance in just its second season. In 1996 and 1997, Panthers kickoff returner Michael Bates became the first player in 35 years to lead the league in kick return average in consecutive seasons, earning two consecutive trips to the Pro Bowl for his efforts. In 1996, Seely earned Special Teams Coach of the Year honors. He also had the league’s best kicker, as John Kasay set a then NFL single-season record with 37 field goals. In addition to the success of Bates and Kasay, Carolina also boasted one of the league’s top coverage units as the Panthers led the NFL in opponents average punt return (5.4 avg.) and ranked fifth in opponents average kickoff return (20.1 avg.).

Seely began his NFL career in 1989 with the Indianapolis Colts, serving as their special teams/tight ends coach for five years (1989-93). During his time with the Colts, he assisted in the development of two Pro Bowl special teamers, P Rohn Stark and WR Clarence Verdin. In 1992, the Colts had the NFL’s top specials teams unit based on rankings by the Dallas Morning News. Seely then coached the Jets’ special teams for one year (1994), and in that season, New York ranked fifth in the league in kickoff return defense (19.6 avg.) and sixth in punt return defense (6.8 avg.).

Seely’s collegiate coaching career began as an assistant coach at South Dakota State in 1978. He then moved on to become a graduate assistant at Colorado State in 1979, before being named the Rams offensive line coach in 1980. Seely then served as the offensive line coach at Southern Methodist (1981), North Carolina State (1982), University of Pacific (1983) and Oklahoma State (1984-88).

A native of Vinton, IA, Seely earned all-conference honors as an offensive guard at South Dakota State University while majoring in economics and physical education. He and his wife, Patti, have three daughters, Sarah, Hannah and Brynn.

Considered one of the most successful special teams coaches in NFL history, Brad Seely is in his fourth year with the 49ers as assistant head coach/special teams coordinator.

San Francisco’s special teams has been one of top units in the NFL in each of Seely’s first three seasons. From 2011-13, the 49ers have made more field goals (105) than any other team in the NFL. San Francisco also ranks first in the NFL in net punting average (42.8), second in gross punting average (48.2) and fifth in opponents punt return average (7.9) over that time frame.

In 2013, San Francisco’s specials teams unit ranked second in the NFL according to The Dallas Morning News’ Rick Gosselin’s special teams rankings. K Phil Dawson set the 49ers franchise record with 27 consecutive field goals made. Dawson also set single-season career highs with 140 points, 44 made PATs and 32 made field goals. P Andy Lee ranked third in the NFL with a 48.2 gross punting average and fourth in net punting average (41.7).

Under Seely’s direction in 2012, the 49ers fielded one of the strongest special teams units in the NFL. Lee led the NFL with 43.2 net punting average, while also ranking fifth in the league with a 48.0 gross punting average, on his way to All-Pro honors. San Francisco also led the NFL in starting field position (31.8-yd. line) and ranked second in the NFL in opponents starting field position (24.9-yd. line).

In 2011, the 49ers special teams unit emerged as one of the best in the NFL. K David Akers set the NFL single-season record for most field goals (44) and points with no touchdowns (166). Lee set the NFL record with a 44.0 net punting average, while the 49ers led the NFL in average starting field position (33.5-yd. line) and opponents average starting field position (24.3-yd. line). Both Lee and Akers earned All-Pro and Pro Bowl selections. Seely was named Special Teams Coach of the Year by Rick Gosselin of The Dallas Morning News, whose special teams rankings are widely regarded.

Seely brought 22 years of NFL special teams coaching experience to the 49ers. Prior to joining the team, he served as the special teams coordinator for the Cleveland Browns from 2009-10, where he worked with WR/KR Joshua Cribbs, who earned Pro Bowl selections in each of the last two seasons. Seely’s special teams unit led the NFL in kickoff coverage, while ranking fifth in the NFL in punt coverage in 2010.

In 2009, Seely was named Special Teams Coach of the Year after leading the Browns to a league best special teams ranking according to the formula comprised by Rick Gosselin of The Dallas Morning News. It marked Seely’s fifth top-five finish for his special teams units since 1990.

Prior to joining the Browns, Seely spent 10 seasons as the New England Patriots special teams coach (1999-08), where he was part of three Super Bowl championships. Over the span of his tenure in New England, the Patriots led the NFL in kickoff return average (23.5), were fourth in field goal percentage (83.4%) and ranked eighth in punt return average (9.9). In addition, his units registered 11 returns for touchdowns, including eight on kickoffs, a figure that tied for second in the NFL over that 10-year stretch. Seely also helped produced a total of 3 special teams Pro Bowlers (K Adam Vinatieri - 2004, LB Larry Izzo - 2004 and K Stephen Gostkowski - 2008). He also tutored the AFC’s leading kickoff returner on two occasions (WR Bethel Johnson – 2003 and RB Kevin Faulk - 2002) and leading punt returner (WR Troy Brown - 2002).

Seely worked with the Carolina Panthers from 1995-98, where he helped coach an expansion team to an NFC Championship Game appearance in just its second season. In 1996 and 1997, Panthers kickoff returner Michael Bates became the first player in 35 years to lead the league in kick return average in consecutive seasons, earning two consecutive trips to the Pro Bowl for his efforts. In 1996, Seely earned Special Teams Coach of the Year honors. He also had the league’s best kicker, as John Kasay set a then NFL single-season record with 37 field goals. In addition to the success of Bates and Kasay, Carolina also boasted one of the league’s top coverage units as the Panthers led the NFL in opponents average punt return (5.4 avg.) and ranked fifth in opponents average kickoff return (20.1 avg.).

Seely began his NFL career in 1989 with the Indianapolis Colts, serving as their special teams/tight ends coach for five years (1989-93). During his time with the Colts, he assisted in the development of two Pro Bowl special teamers, P Rohn Stark and WR Clarence Verdin. In 1992, the Colts had the NFL’s top specials teams unit based on rankings by the Dallas Morning News. Seely then coached the Jets’ special teams for one year (1994), and in that season, New York ranked fifth in the league in kickoff return defense (19.6 avg.) and sixth in punt return defense (6.8 avg.).

Seely’s collegiate coaching career began as an assistant coach at South Dakota State in 1978. He then moved on to become a graduate assistant at Colorado State in 1979, before being named the Rams offensive line coach in 1980. Seely then served as the offensive line coach at Southern Methodist (1981), North Carolina State (1982), University of Pacific (1983) and Oklahoma State (1984-88).

A native of Vinton, IA, Seely earned all-conference honors as an offensive guard at South Dakota State University while majoring in economics and physical education. He and his wife, Patti, have three daughters, Sarah, Hannah and Brynn.

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