A veteran of 16 NFL seasons, Trent Baalke enters his 10th year with the 49ers and his fourth as the team’s general manager.
The 2011 NFL Executive of the Year, as selected by Pro Football Weekly and the Pro Football Writers of America, Baalke signed a contract extension with the 49ers in February of 2012 that runs through the 2016 season.
A veteran of 17 NFL seasons, Trent Baalke enters his 10th year with the 49ers and his fourth as the team’s general manager.
During Baalke’s tenure, the 49ers have appeared in three consecutive NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl, while tallying a 5-3 postseason record. The 2011 NFL Executive of the Year, as selected by Pro Football Weekly and the Pro Football Writers of America, earned the honor in just his first season as the 49ers general manager.
Since 2010, the year Baalke began to oversee all player acquisitions as the team’s vice president of player personnel, the 49ers draft and free agent classes have produced significant returns. In that span, five of the players acquired have accounted for eight All-Pro selections, while seven of those players have earned Pro Bowl honors. In all, the 49ers have produced 23 All-Pro selections and 30 Pro Bowl acknowledgements over the last three seasons.
At the completion of the 2013 season, 42 players acquired under Baalke’s direction remained on the 49ers active roster. Among that group were 16 draft picks, including six regular starters and seven key contributors. Under Baalke’s watch, the 49ers have selected 48 players in the last five drafts. Of those drafted players, 31 entered training camp with the team in 2014, and 10 have already logged starts for the team.
Focused on maintaining a strong core of veteran players to provide experience and leadership, Baalke has extended the contracts of a number of 49ers over the last four years, most recently QB Colin Kaepernick. He has also extended the contracts of All-Pros LB Patrick Willis, DT Justin Smith, LB NaVorro Bowman, and LB Ahmad Brooks, and Pro Bowlers TE Vernon Davis and RB Frank Gore.
Prior to his promotion to vice president of player personnel, Baalke was the 49ers director of player personnel from 2008-09, where he oversaw both the college and pro personnel departments. He first joined the franchise in 2005 as the team’s western region scout, a position he held through 2007.
Baalke spent four years as a member of the Washington Redskins scouting staff, serving as the college scouting coordinator in his final season. From 2001 to 2003, he served as Washington’s national scout and traveled throughout the country in search of rising talent. Before joining the Redskins, Baalke spent three seasons (1998-2000) as a scout with the New York Jets.
From 1990 to 1995, Baalke held the position of defensive line/strength and conditioning coach at South Dakota State. In that role, he helped promote players such as former Pro Bowl guard Adam Timmerman and current NFL kicker Adam Vinatieri to NFL scouts. Baalke then spent time as the athletic director at Shanley High School in Fargo, ND, before moving on to the Jets.
Baalke began his coaching career as a graduate assistant defensive line coach at North Dakota State, in 1989. The team finished with a 14-0 record and a Division II National Championship.
A double major at Bemidji State (MN), Baalke received his bachelor’s degree in health and physical education. He went on to earn his master’s degree in secondary education and sports administration while coaching at North Dakota State. Baalke played outside linebacker and was an All-Northern Sun Conference and All-Midwest Region honoree at Bemidji.
Trent and his wife, Beth, have two daughters, Katy and Cassie.
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