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Trent Baalke
General Manager

BIOGRAPHY

A veteran of 16 NFL seasons, Trent Baalke enters his ninth year with the 49ers and his third 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 16 NFL seasons, Trent Baalke enters his ninth year with the 49ers and his third 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.

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 six All-Pro selections, while six of those players have earned Pro Bowl honors. In all, the 49ers have produced 17 All-Pro selections and 20 Pro Bowl acknowledgements over the last three seasons.

At the completion of the 2012 season, 41 players acquired under Baalke’s direction remained on the 49ers active roster. Among that group were 17 draft picks, including six regular starters and six key contributors. Under Baalke’s watch, the 49ers have selected 36 players in the last four drafts. Of those drafted players, 29 entered training camp with the team in 2013, nine of whom have already logged starts for the Niners.

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, including – All-Pros LB Patrick Willis, DT Justin Smith, LB NaVorro Bowman, CB Carlos Rogers and LB Ahmad Brooks, Pro Bowlers TE Vernon Davis and RB Frank Gore, and Pro Bowl alternates DT Ray McDonald and G Alex Boone.

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.

Recent Articles

  • Trent Baalke Scouted Ward at MAC Title Game

    By 49ers Staff - Posted May 9, 2014

    During his press conference Thursday night, San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke explained why he felt there was enough value in defensive back Jimmie Ward to draft the Northern Illinois standout at pick No. 30.

  • 49ers GM Evaluates NFL Draft Prospects at CB, WR

    By Scott Kegley - Posted May 8, 2014

    Cornerback and wide receiver are two popular selections for the San Francisco 49ers in mock drafts. Find out what general manager Trent Baalke looks for at those positions.

  • 49ers Have Trade Partners Lined Up

    By Scott Kegley - Posted May 7, 2014

    San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke knows "it takes two to dance" when executing a draft-day trade. The 49ers have contacted other clubs about potential trade scenarios.

  • 49ers GM Talks Power, Pitfalls of Social Media

    By Scott Kegley - Posted Apr 29, 2014

    San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke relies on social media as a valuable part of the "information-gathering business."

  • 49ers Employ Own Value Chart on NFL Draft Day

    By Andrew Pentis - Posted Apr 21, 2014

    San Francisco enters this year's May 8-10 event with 11 choices, plenty of ammunition for moving up or down the draft board, but how they do is predicated on general manager Trent Baalke's system.

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