This is a 2017 photo of Richard Hightower of the San Francisco 49ers NFL football team. This image reflects the 2017 active roster as of Monday, March 13, 2017 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)

Richard Hightower

Special Teams Coordinator

Experience: 14 years

Biography

Richard Hightower is in his 14th season in the NFL and fourth as the 49ers special teams coordinator. He returned to San Francisco in 2017 after previously serving as assistant special teams coach with the team in 2015.

From 2017-19, the 49ers kicking unit ranked first in the NFL in made field goals (102) and fourth in field goal percentage (89.5). In addition, San Francisco's punt coverage ranked second over that timespan, holding opponent punt returns to an average of 5.7 yards per return (Ind. – 5.0).

In 2019, Hightower led the 49ers special teams unit that had an average starting field position of the 32.1 yard line in 2019, 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).

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