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49ers Announce Coaching Staff Moves Ahead of 2024 Season

The San Francisco 49ers and head coach Kyle Shanahan have announced the following coaching hire/title changes:

  • Cameron Clemmons - Assistant Offensive Line
  • Klay Kubiak* - Offensive Passing Game Specialist
  • Mick Lombardi - Senior Offensive Assistant
  • Nick Sorensen* - Defensive Coordinator
  • Brandon Staley - Assistant Head Coach/Defense
  • K.J. Wright - Defensive Quality Control

*New Title in 2024

Clemmons joins the 49ers after spending four seasons (2020-23) with the Las Vegas Raiders where he served as the assistant offensive line coach (2021-23) after initially working as an offensive quality control coach (2020).

Prior to his time in Las Vegas, Clemmons was an offensive quality control analyst for the University of Tennessee (2019) after three seasons (2016-18) as a graduate assistant with the school. Clemmons began his coaching career as an offensive intern for the University of Eastern Kentucky (2015).

A native of Mt. Juliet, TN, Clemmons played collegiately as an offensive tackle at Western Kentucky University (2010-14). After his collegiate career, he signed as an undrafted free agent with the San Diego Chargers in 2015 before playing one season with the Canadian Football League's Ottawa Redblacks.

Kubiak enters his fourth season with the 49ers, and first as the team's offensive passing game specialist, after spending the previous three seasons as the assistant quarterbacks coach (2022-23) and defensive quality control coach (2021).

As the team's assistant quarterbacks coach, Kubiak has worked closely with QB Brock Purdy, helping him break multiple records and lead the 49ers to a 21-6 record (postseason included) over the previous two seasons (2022-23). In 2023, Purdy set the single season franchise records for passing yards (4,280) and passer rating (113.0) and became the first 49ers quarterback to throw 30-or-more touchdowns since the 2001 season. When Purdy became the starter in 2022, Kubiak played a role in helping him become the first quarterback in franchise history to win their first five starts and the third rookie quarterback in NFL history to win at least their first five starts. In 2021, Kubiak assisted a defensive unit that that ranked third in the NFL in total defense, holding opponents to 310.0 yards per game.

Prior to joining the 49ers, Kubiak spent three seasons (2018-20) as head coach at Strake Jesuit (TX) College Preparatory, leading the Crusaders to a 24-11 record and a playoff appearance in each season. Kubiak is the only coach in the school's history to win double-digit games as part of the University Interscholastic League (UIL), which Jesuit joined in 2003.

A native of Houston, TX, Kubiak attended Colorado State University where he was a quarterback for the Rams from 2007-10. He majored in English at the school and would later earn a master's degree in the subject from Texas Christian University in 2013. Kubiak is the son of longtime NFL coach, and former 49ers quarterbacks coach, Gary Kubiak. His brother, Klint, is the offensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints.

Lombardi re-joins the 49ers from the Las Vegas Raiders where he spent two seasons (2022-23) as the team's offensive coordinator. He joined the Raiders following his second stint with the New England Patriots, where he served three seasons working as the team's wide receivers coach (2020-21) and assistant quarterbacks coach (2019).

Prior to his time with New England, Lombardi was the offensive assistant/assistant quarterbacks coach for the New York Jets for two seasons (2017-18). He went to the Jets following four seasons (2013-16) with the 49ers as the assistant to the head coach (2013), defensive assistant (2014-15) and offensive quality control coach (2016). He initially broke into the NFL as a scouting assistant with New England for two seasons (2011-12). Lombardi began his coaching career in the college ranks as a student assistant at Fordham University (2009-10).

A native of Ocean City, NJ, Lombardi earned his bachelor's degree in communications from Fordham University in 2011.

Sorensen enters his third season with the 49ers in 2024 after spending the previous two years with the team as the defensive passing game specialist/nickels (2023) and defensive assistant (2022).

Over the last two seasons (2022-23), San Francisco's defense has held opposing offenses to the fewest rushing yards per game (83.7) and the third-fewest total yards per game (302.3) in the NFL. In each of the previous two seasons, the team has led the league in interceptions. The team's 42 interceptions during that span are the most in the NFL. In 2023, Sorensen worked closely with CB Charvarius Ward, helping him earn AP Second-Team All-Pro honors and the first Pro Bowl selection of his career. Ward led the NFL with 23 passes defensed and was the only player in the NFL with 70-or-more tackles, five-or-more interceptions and 20-or-more passes defensed.

Before joining the 49ers, Sorensen spent the 2021 season as the special teams coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Prior to his time in Jacksonville, Sorensen spent eight seasons (2013-20) with the Seattle Seahawks working as a secondary/nickel specialist (2017-20), assistant defensive backs (2016) and assistant special teams coach (2013-16). Sorensen began his coaching career in 2012 as a defensive quality control coach at Youngstown State University after playing safety in the NFL for 10 seasons with the St. Louis Rams (2001-02), Jaguars (2003-06) and Cleveland Browns (2007-10). He appeared in 131 games and registered 133 special teams tackles. Sorensen played in Super Bowl XXXVI as a member of the Rams.

A native of Winter Haven, FL, Sorensen attended Virginia Tech for four years (1997-2000), beginning his career at quarterback and later transitioning to safety and linebacker during his junior and senior seasons. He was a part of the Virginia Tech team that went to the National Championship game in 1999. In his final two seasons with the Hokies, he recorded 117 total tackles, 10 tackles for loss and one interception.

Staley joins the 49ers after three seasons (2021-23) as head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers. While at the helm of the Chargers, Staley led the team to a 24-24 record, which included their first playoff appearance in the previous four seasons in 2022.

Prior to his time with the Chargers, Staley spent one season (2020) as the defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams, where he led a defensive unit that ranked first in scoring defense (18.5), total defense (281.9) and passing yards per game (190.7). Staley joined the Rams after spending three seasons on Vic Fangio's defensive staff, serving as the outside linebackers coach for the Denver Broncos (2019) and Chicago Bears (2017-18).

Before becoming a coach in the NFL, Staley spent three seasons (2013, 2015-16) at Division III John Carroll as defensive coordinator/secondary coach and the 2014 season as defensive coordinator/linebackers coach at James Madison. Prior to his time with John Carroll and James Madison, Staley served as a graduate assistant at the University of Tennessee (2012) after two seasons (2010-11) as the defensive coordinator at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Northern Illinois (2006-08) before serving as the defensive line/special teams coach at Division III University of St. Thomas in 2009.

A native of Perry, OH, Staley played collegiately as a quarterback at the University of Dayton for four seasons (2001-04) and finished his career at Division II Mercyhurst College (2005). Him and his wife, Amy, have three sons, Colin, Will and Grant.

Wright joins the 49ers after an 11-year playing career with the Seattle Seahawks (2011-20) and Las Vegas Raiders (2021). Originally drafted in the fourth round (99th overall) by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2011 NFL Draft, Wright appeared in 161 games (148 starts) and registered 985 tackles, 13.5 sacks, 54 passes defensed, six interceptions, 11 forced fumbles and nine fumble recoveries. In 2016, Wright was named to the Pro Bowl after he tallied 126 tackles, 4.0 sacks, five passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He helped the Seahawks win two of the franchise's three NFC Championships (2013, 2014) and defeat the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.

A native of Olive Branch, MS, Wright attended Mississippi State University for three seasons (2007-10) where he appeared in 47 games (35 starts) and registered 259 tackles, 9.0 sacks, 14 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

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