49ers Hire Jim Tomsula

THURSDAY, 12:10pm: It’s a four-year deal for Tomsula, according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee (via Twitter).

WEDNESDAY, 6:10pm: The 49ers announced that Tomsula has been hired to become the 19th coach in franchise history.

After conducting a thorough coaching search, and meeting with a number of outstanding candidates, Jim Tomsula clearly is the right man to lead this team,” said 49ers CEO Jed York. “Jim is a great teacher and a tremendous mentor who conducts himself with great class and integrity.”

4:06pm: The 49ers didn’t have to go far to find their man. San Francisco has tapped defensive line coach Jim Tomsula to be their new head coach, according to ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter (on Twitter). The two sides are still ironing out contract details, but Tomsula will ultimately be the hire. Jim Tomsula (vertical)

The Niners came close to hiring Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter), but ultimately they decided to stay in-house. As the PFR Head Coaching Tracker shows, the 49ers conducted an exhaustive search to find their next coach. Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, and Mike Shanahan were among those interviewed. Their own defensive coordinator, Vic Fangio, also got heavy consideration prior to the hiring of Tomsula. Fangio remains under contract, but it’s not immediately clear if he’ll stay in SF to serve on Tomsula’s staff.

Tomsula, 46, served as the 49ers’ interim coach for the 2010 season finale before Jim Harbaugh was hired five days later. Now, Tomsula steps in to take over the role after Harbaugh vacated it to join his alma mater.

The 49ers make up Tomsula’s entire NFL resume, having served as their defensive line coach since 2007 under two different coaches in Mike Singletary and Harbaugh. Before the 49ers, all of his coaching experience was in NFL Europe.

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