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Kurt Schottenheimer Named ST Coordinator


The San Francisco 49ers announced that they have named Kurt Schottenheimer special teams coordinator.

"I am very thankful that we were able to add Kurt to our coaching staff," said head coach Mike Singletary. "He brings with him invaluable experience from more than 30 years of service in the NFL and college coaching ranks. Kurt has a diverse background and a tremendous knowledge of personnel, both of which will serve the 49ers well in producing a top-notch special teams unit."

Schottenheimer, 60, brings over 30 years of coaching experience to the 49ers, including 22 seasons in the NFL. He spent his first eight seasons in the league as a special teams coach, holding that position first with the Cleveland Browns (1987-88) and then with the Kansas City Chiefs (1989-94). Schottenheimer's units regularly ranked among the league's top 10 annually in various major special teams statistical categories. Following his productive run leading the Chiefs special teams, he went on to coach Kansas City's defensive backs (1995-98), before being promoted to defensive coordinator (1999-2000).


Photo courtesy
Jim Biever

Schottenheimer spent three more seasons as a defensive coordinator in the NFL, serving one year with the Washington Redskins (2001) and two seasons with the Detroit Lions (2002-03). He most recently served as the secondary coach in Green Bay from 2006-08. It marked Schottenheimer's second stint with the Packers, having coached defensive backs for the team in 2004, before spending one year as the secondary coach for the St. Louis Rams (2005).

Before entering the NFL, Schottenheimer worked 10 seasons as a college coach: William Patterson College (1974 – defensive coordinator), Michigan State (1978-82 – linebackers/defensive backs), Tulane (1983 - defensive), Louisiana State (1984-85) and Notre Dame (1986).

A junior college All-America quarterback at Coffeyville (KS) Junior College, Schottenheimer led the nation in passing as a sophomore. The following year, he transferred to the University of Miami where he started for two seasons at defensive back and earned his degree in 1971.

Schottenheimer and his wife, Colleen Duffey, have two daughters, Steele and Sloane. He is the younger brother of former NFL head coach Marty Schottenheimer and the uncle of current New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.


2006-08 Secondary, Green Bay Packers
2005 Secondary, St. Louis Rams
2004 Defensive Backs, Green Bay Packers
2002-03 Defensive Coordinator, Detroit Lions
2001 Defensive Coordinator, Washington Redskins
1999-2000  Defensive Coordinator, Kansas City Chiefs
1995-98 Defensive Backs, Kansas City Chiefs
1989-94 Special Teams, Kansas City Chiefs
1987-88 Special Teams, Cleveland Browns
1986 Linebackers, Notre Dame
1984-85 Linebackers, LSU
1983 Defensive Backs, Tulane
1978-82 Linebackers/Defensive Backs, Michigan State
1974 Defensive Coordinator, William Patterson University

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