Andrew Hayes-Stoker is in his third season with the 49ers and first as the team's assistant defensive backs coach. He spent the previous two years (2021-22) as a defensive quality control coach with San Francisco and joined the 49ers after spending the previous five seasons (2016-20) as the wide receivers coach at the University of Illinois.
In 2022, the 49ers defense ranked first overall in the NFL, allowing 300.6 total yards per game and first with 16.3 points allowed per game. San Francisco's defense also ranked tied for first with 20 interceptions and second with 77.7 rushing yards allowed per game. Second-year S Talanoa Hufanga saw a breakout season, starting all 17 games, grabbing his first four career interceptions and setting career highs in tackles (97), sacks (2.0), forced fumbles (two) and passes defensed (nine), earning First-Team AP All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors.