Kyle Shanahan was named the 20th head coach of the San Francisco 49ers on February 6, 2017, after spending the previous two seasons as the offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons.
Shanahan has 13 seasons of coaching experience at the NFL level, including the past nine as an offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons (2015-16), Cleveland Browns (2014), Washington Redskins (2010-13) and Houston Texans (2008-09). In six of his nine seasons as an offensive coordinator (2008-09, 2012-13 and 2015-16), Shanahan has directed an offense that ranked in the top 10 in the NFL in yards gained.
Robert Saleh (SAH-lah) enters his 14th NFL season and first season as the 49ers defensive coordinator. He spent the previous three seasons (2014-16) as the linebackers coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars. In 2016, Saleh’s linebackers helped the Jacksonville defense rank fifth in passing yards allowed (215.3) and sixth in opponent rushing average (3.82).
Special Teams Coordinator
Richard Hightower rejoins the 49ers as the team’s special teams coordinator, having previously served as assistant special teams coach with the team in 2015. Last season, he worked with the Chicago Bears as their assistant special teams coach. Hightower has 12 years of coaching experience including ten in the NFL.
Tight Ends/Assistant Head Coach
Jon Embree enters his second season as the 49ers assistant head coach/tight ends coach after spending the previous three seasons (2014-16) as the tight ends coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In 2016, Embree helped TE Cameron Brate establish career highs in three major categories including with 57 receptions for 660 yards and eight touchdowns, tied for the most in the NFL.