Michael Clay is in his fourth season with the 49ers and third 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 and 2018.
Working alongside 49ers special teams coordinator Richard Hightower, San Francisco's special teams units flourished in 2018. K Robbie Gould set the 49ers single-season franchise record for field goal percentage (97.1) as he connected on 33 of 34 field goal attempts and finished the season with 126 points. He also set the franchise record for most consecutive field goals made (33) and finished the season connecting on each of his final 23 attempts. Gould was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Month for December and was a two-time recipient of the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week Award (Week 2 & 15). Rookie WR Richie James Jr. was named All-NFC kick returner by the PFWA as he averaged 25.2 yards per kickoff return, which ranked seventh in the NFL. James Jr. also registered the team's first kickoff return for a touchdown (97 yards) since 2011.