Michael Clay is in his fifth season with the 49ers and fourth as an assistant special team coach. He previously served as a strength & conditioning assistant in 2017 and an assistant special teams coach with the team in 2016.
In 2019, while working alongside special teams coordinator Richard Hightower, the 49ers special teams unit posted an average starting field position of the 32.1 yard line, ranking second in the NFL (NE - 32.7). San Francisco also held opponents to an average starting field position of the 24.7 yard line, which ranked seventh. K Robbie Gould connected on 23 of 31 field goal attempts and finished the season with 110 points, marking his third-consecutive 100-or-more point season with the 49ers. He was also named Special Teams Player of the Month for December for the third-consecutive season since joining the 49ers in 2017. Rookie P Mitch Wishnowsky registered a 44.9 punt average which ranked second among all rookies in franchise history (min. 20 punts). WR Richie James Jr. ranked seventh in the NFL in punt return average (8.0) and 10th in kickoff return average (21.4).