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Coaches And Staff

Jim Tomsula
Defensive Line Coach
College:
Catawba College
Hometown:
San Jose, CA

BIOGRAPHY

Jim Tomsula is in his eighth season with the 49ers as the team’s defensive line coach, after having also served as San Francisco’s interim head coach for the final game of the 2010 season.

Since Tomsula’s arrival, the 49ers run defense and pass rush have evolved into one of the most feared in the NFL. During his seven seasons with the team, the defense has allowed a mere 3.68 yards per carry, to rank second in the NFL during that span. In terms of yards per carry allowed, San Francisco’s defense ranked 5th (3.8) in 2007, 8th (3.8) in 2008, 3rd (3.6) in 2009, 2nd (3.5) in 2010, 1st (3.5) in 2011, 3rd in 2012 (3.7) and 9th in 2013 (3.9), a notable improvement from ranking 16th (4.1) in 2006 prior to Tomsula’s arrival.

San Francisco’s run defense was one of the toughest in the NFL in 2013, allowing just 95.9 yards per game, ranking fourth in the league. The 49ers were the only team not to allow a 100-yard rusher in the regular season. The defensive line was anchored by Second-Team All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection DT Justin Smith. Tomsula was instramental in developing DL Glenn Dorsey into one of the top nose tackles in the NFL.

In 2012, Tomsula led a defensive line that was anchored by Smith. Smith was named to his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl as a starter, in 2012, and was named Second-Team All-Pro at both defensive tackle and defensive end. In 2011, Smith became the first player ever named First and Second-Team All-Pro at different positions in the same phase of the game, earning First-Team All-Pro at defensive tackle and Second-Team All-Pro at defensive end.

The 49ers set the NFL record, in 2011, by not allowing a rushing touchdown in their first 14 games of the season. The team only allowed three rushing touchdowns all year, the fewest allowed in the NFL since the league went to a 16 game schedule in 1978. The 49ers finished the season ranked first in the NFL against the run (77.3 yards per game), first in yard per carry allowed (3.5) and fourth overall, allowing just 308.2 yards of offense per game. The unit also finished second in the league in points allowed per game (14.3 and tied for seventh in sacks (42).

In 2010, the 49ers ranked 6th in the NFL in run defense, allowing just 1,547 rushing yards (96.7 ypg), marking the lowest rushing total allowed by the team since 1997 (1,366 yards). DT Justin Smith was named to the Pro Bowl for the second consecutive year after recording 8.5 sacks, the most since his rookie season.

A year prior, the 49ers ranked 6th (97.0 ypg) in the NFL against the run, as Smith finished the year among the team leaders in tackles (90), while also posting 6.0 sacks, 2 FFs and 2 FRs. For his efforts, he appeared in the 2010 Pro Bowl as an alternate.

Also charged with the development of the team’s pass rush, Tomsula has helped the 49ers increase their sack totals from 65 over his first two seasons to 80 the past two years. After ranking tied for 3rd in 2009 with 44 sacks, the 49ers posted 36 in 2010 for a two-year total that ranked 7th in the NFL over that span.

The epitome of a journeyman, Tomsula has coached 28 seasons of football at the high school, college and professional levels since the Fall of 1989. During that span he spent one entire year out of football (1996) and has held a multitude of coaching titles including - head coach, assistant head coach, defensive coordinator, special teams coach, linebackers coach, defensive line coach and strength and conditioning coach.

Tomsula joined the 49ers after enjoying one of the most successful stints in NFL Europa history. Prior to being named the head coach of the Rhein Fire in 2006, which made him the youngest coach in NFLE history at age 38, Tomsula served as the Berlin Thunder’s defensive coordinator for two seasons, winning World Bowl XII in his first season with a defense that ranked first in the NFLE against the run.

Tomsula joined the NFLE in 1998 as the defensive line coach of the England Monarchs. He then went on to serve in the same capacity for five seasons with the Scottish Claymores, where he established a reputation for producing some of the league’s most dominant lines. He also played a leading role in mentoring and teaching young talent in the league’s National Player Development program.

Between NFL Europa seasons, Tomsula spent each fall as a member of Division II Catawba College’s coaching staff, as coaching in the NFLE was not a year-round post. While at Catawba, he was part of numerous college all-star games in a coaching capacity.

Tomsula was a defensive lineman at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC, after transferring from Middle Tennessee State. In 1989, he started his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater after a knee injury ended his playing career. He went on to coach the defensive line coach at Woodland Hills (PA) High School in 1990.

Interestingly, Tomsula spent two seasons out of football. He served as a sales rep for Thera-Kinetics, a medical equipment company, in 1991, until he landed a job as an assistant at Charleston Southern University, SC, (1992-95). In order to make ends meet in Charleston, Tomsula held many odd jobs such as delivering newspapers for The Post and Courier, serving as a night janitor at an insurance agency, and cutting firewood. After his stint at Charleston Southern, he returned to his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA, where he cleaned the floors at a department store until landing a job as a sales rep at Cisco Foods. Tomsula returned to the coaching ranks in 1997, as the volunteer assistant defensive line coach at Catawba. With no income from his coaching passion, he again picked up a part-time job as an entry-way carpeting salesman and even lived out of his car at times.

He and his wife, Julie, reside in San Jose with their daughters Britney and Brooke, and son, Bear.

Jim Tomsula is in his eighth season with the 49ers as the team’s defensive line coach, after having also served as San Francisco’s interim head coach for the final game of the 2010 season.

Since Tomsula’s arrival, the 49ers run defense and pass rush have evolved into one of the most feared in the NFL. During his seven seasons with the team, the defense has allowed a mere 3.68 yards per carry, to rank second in the NFL during that span. In terms of yards per carry allowed, San Francisco’s defense ranked 5th (3.8) in 2007, 8th (3.8) in 2008, 3rd (3.6) in 2009, 2nd (3.5) in 2010, 1st (3.5) in 2011, 3rd in 2012 (3.7) and 9th in 2013 (3.9), a notable improvement from ranking 16th (4.1) in 2006 prior to Tomsula’s arrival.

San Francisco’s run defense was one of the toughest in the NFL in 2013, allowing just 95.9 yards per game, ranking fourth in the league. The 49ers were the only team not to allow a 100-yard rusher in the regular season. The defensive line was anchored by Second-Team All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection DT Justin Smith. Tomsula was instramental in developing DL Glenn Dorsey into one of the top nose tackles in the NFL.

In 2012, Tomsula led a defensive line that was anchored by Smith. Smith was named to his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl as a starter, in 2012, and was named Second-Team All-Pro at both defensive tackle and defensive end. In 2011, Smith became the first player ever named First and Second-Team All-Pro at different positions in the same phase of the game, earning First-Team All-Pro at defensive tackle and Second-Team All-Pro at defensive end.

The 49ers set the NFL record, in 2011, by not allowing a rushing touchdown in their first 14 games of the season. The team only allowed three rushing touchdowns all year, the fewest allowed in the NFL since the league went to a 16 game schedule in 1978. The 49ers finished the season ranked first in the NFL against the run (77.3 yards per game), first in yard per carry allowed (3.5) and fourth overall, allowing just 308.2 yards of offense per game. The unit also finished second in the league in points allowed per game (14.3 and tied for seventh in sacks (42).

In 2010, the 49ers ranked 6th in the NFL in run defense, allowing just 1,547 rushing yards (96.7 ypg), marking the lowest rushing total allowed by the team since 1997 (1,366 yards). DT Justin Smith was named to the Pro Bowl for the second consecutive year after recording 8.5 sacks, the most since his rookie season.

A year prior, the 49ers ranked 6th (97.0 ypg) in the NFL against the run, as Smith finished the year among the team leaders in tackles (90), while also posting 6.0 sacks, 2 FFs and 2 FRs. For his efforts, he appeared in the 2010 Pro Bowl as an alternate.

Also charged with the development of the team’s pass rush, Tomsula has helped the 49ers increase their sack totals from 65 over his first two seasons to 80 the past two years. After ranking tied for 3rd in 2009 with 44 sacks, the 49ers posted 36 in 2010 for a two-year total that ranked 7th in the NFL over that span.

The epitome of a journeyman, Tomsula has coached 28 seasons of football at the high school, college and professional levels since the Fall of 1989. During that span he spent one entire year out of football (1996) and has held a multitude of coaching titles including - head coach, assistant head coach, defensive coordinator, special teams coach, linebackers coach, defensive line coach and strength and conditioning coach.

Tomsula joined the 49ers after enjoying one of the most successful stints in NFL Europa history. Prior to being named the head coach of the Rhein Fire in 2006, which made him the youngest coach in NFLE history at age 38, Tomsula served as the Berlin Thunder’s defensive coordinator for two seasons, winning World Bowl XII in his first season with a defense that ranked first in the NFLE against the run.

Tomsula joined the NFLE in 1998 as the defensive line coach of the England Monarchs. He then went on to serve in the same capacity for five seasons with the Scottish Claymores, where he established a reputation for producing some of the league’s most dominant lines. He also played a leading role in mentoring and teaching young talent in the league’s National Player Development program.

Between NFL Europa seasons, Tomsula spent each fall as a member of Division II Catawba College’s coaching staff, as coaching in the NFLE was not a year-round post. While at Catawba, he was part of numerous college all-star games in a coaching capacity.

Tomsula was a defensive lineman at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC, after transferring from Middle Tennessee State. In 1989, he started his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater after a knee injury ended his playing career. He went on to coach the defensive line coach at Woodland Hills (PA) High School in 1990.

Interestingly, Tomsula spent two seasons out of football. He served as a sales rep for Thera-Kinetics, a medical equipment company, in 1991, until he landed a job as an assistant at Charleston Southern University, SC, (1992-95). In order to make ends meet in Charleston, Tomsula held many odd jobs such as delivering newspapers for The Post and Courier, serving as a night janitor at an insurance agency, and cutting firewood. After his stint at Charleston Southern, he returned to his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA, where he cleaned the floors at a department store until landing a job as a sales rep at Cisco Foods. Tomsula returned to the coaching ranks in 1997, as the volunteer assistant defensive line coach at Catawba. With no income from his coaching passion, he again picked up a part-time job as an entry-way carpeting salesman and even lived out of his car at times.

He and his wife, Julie, reside in San Jose with their daughters Britney and Brooke, and son, Bear.

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