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Matt Ploenzke, PhD

Director, Football R&D


Matt Ploenzke is in his fourth season with the 49ers and his first as director, football R&D. In his role, Ploenzke oversees the research strategies for the department and advises on the methodological approaches undertaken. His primary responsibilities involve developing player valuation metrics using advanced statistical techniques and providing interpretations of these metrics to aid in roster acquisitions. Ploenzke joined the 49ers as a football data scientist in 2020 and was elevated to manager, football R&D in 2022.