Here is today’s 49ers press release announcing three new coaches, all following Jim Harbaugh to the 49ers from Stanford.
49ERS ANNOUNCE COACHING STAFF ADDITIONS
The San Francisco 49ers today announced they have named Greg Roman offensive coordinator, Vic Fangio defensive coordinator and Tim Drevno offensive line coach.
“I am very excited that these three men are now part of the 49ers coaching staff,” said 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh. “They bring a wealth of knowledge and a level of professionalism that I am certain will transfer positively to our team. Vic has 24 NFL seasons under his belt and Greg has 13, so they know firsthand what it takes to win at this level.”
Roman, 38, enters his 14th season in the NFL, having been a member of the coaching staffs for the Carolina Panthers (1995-2001), Houston Texans (2002-03) and Baltimore Ravens (2006-07). He most recently spent the past two seasons on Jim Harbaugh’s Stanford coaching staff. Roman joined the Cardinal in 2009 as the running game coordinator, with position responsibilities of tight ends and offensive tackles. This past season, he kept those responsibilities, but also added the duties of associate coach and assistant head coach of the offense.
Roman helped oversee a Cardinal offense in 2010 that ranked 9th nationally in points scored (40.3 points/game), 14th in total yards per game (472.5), 17th in rushing yards per game (213.8) and first in time of possession (34:34). Over the past two years, the Cardinal allowed the fewest sacks (13) and second-highest time of possession average (33:20) in the nation, during that time span. Stanford allowed just seven sacks in 2009 and six sacks in 2010, ranking 2nd in the nation both years. A year prior, Roman’s sophisticated blocking schemes and knowledge of the running game were major factors in the Cardinal amassing a single-season school record of 2,837 yards on the ground in 2009.
Prior to arriving at Stanford, Roman served as the assistant offensive line coach for a Baltimore Ravens team that captured the 2006 AFC North Division title with a regular season mark of 13-3. He helped the Ravens improve to 17th in the NFL in total offense and 2nd in fewest sacks allowed with 17, setting a franchise record.
Prior to joining the staff in Baltimore, Roman enjoyed a four-year coaching stint with the Houston Texans, serving as the team’s tight ends (2002-03) and quarterbacks coach (2004-05). As tight ends coach, Roman tutored Billy Miller, who led the Texans with 91 receptions over two seasons. He also guided former 2002 NFL first round draft pick David Carr, who had his best season under Roman in 2004 when he passed for 3,531 yards and an 83.1 quarterback rating.
Roman launched his coaching career with the Carolina Panthers in 1995, the team’s inaugural season in the NFL, when he was named the strength and conditioning assistant/defensive quality control coach, while also working with the defensive backs and the linebackers. In 1996, the Panthers set a NFL record for most wins by an expansion team, as Carolina won the NFC West crown and advanced to the NFC Championship game. He then moved to the offensive side of the ball as Carolina’s offensive quality control coach for two seasons (1997-98) before assuming the role of offensive assistant for the 1999 and 2000 campaigns. As the team’s offensive assistant, he worked with both the run-and-pass game strategy and implementation, helping the Panthers finish 2nd in the NFL in passing offense and 5th in yards per rush. Roman worked as the team’s assistant offensive line coach in his final season with the Panthers in 2001.
A three-year letter-winner and two-year starting defensive lineman at John Carroll University from 1990-93, Roman earned All-Ohio Conference honorable mention honors following his senior season.
A native of Ventnor, N.J. and a graduate of Holy Spirit High School, Greg and his wife, Dana, have three children, Connor, Gregory and Emily.
Fangio, 52, enters his 25th season coaching in the NFL, which includes 11 years of experience as a defensive coordinator for three NFL teams – Carolina (1995-98), Indianapolis Colts (1999-2001) and Houston Texans (2002-05).
Fangio most recently served as the defensive coordinator for Stanford in 2010, where he led one of the nation’s top defenses. The Cardinal finished the regular season ranked in the top-25 nationally in five defensive categories, while improving from 90th in total defense in 2009 to 24th in 2010.
Prior to joining Stanford, Fangio served on the Baltimore Ravens coaching staff as a special assistant to the head coach in 2006, with primary duties on the defensive side of the ball. In his four seasons with Baltimore, the Ravens led the NFL in total defense in 2006, ranked second in 2008 and third in 2009.
Fangio spent the previous four seasons as the defensive coordinator of the Houston Texans (2002-05). His 2002 defense ranked eighth in the AFC overall and fourth in the conference in pass defense. In 2004, the Texans set a team record and ranked fifth in the NFL with 22 interceptions, five of which were returned for touchdowns.
Fangio served as the defensive coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts from 1999-2001. The Colts posted a 13-3 record in Fangio’s first season after going just 6-26 the previous two years. Indianapolis won its first division title in 15 years, while the Colts defense improved from last to 15th under his guidance.
In 1995, Fangio was named defensive coordinator of the expansion Carolina Panthers under head coach Dom Capers. The Panthers tied for seventh in total defense and ranked sixth in scoring defense, 10th in rushing defense, fifth in takeaways and second in defensive passer rating in its inaugural season.
In 1996, the Panthers won the NFC West title and reached the NFC Championship game in just their second year of existence. The Panther defense allowed just 218 points on the year, ranking second in the NFL.
Fangio spent nine seasons as the linebackers coach of the New Orleans Saints, starting in 1986. Fangio coached the vaunted “Dome Patrol,” which included All-Pro linebackers Rickey Jackson, Pat Swilling, Sam Mills and Vaughan Johnson. That group was later voted the best linebacking unit in NFL history by NFL Network.
After attending East Stroudsburg University, Fangio began his coaching career in 1979 as the linebackers coach at his alma mater, Dunmore (PA) High School, and was later promoted to defensive coordinator in 1980. He spent 1982 as the defensive coordinator at Milford (CT.) Academy before landing his first collegiate coaching position at the University of North Carolina, where he served as a graduate assistant in 1983.
Following a one-year stay in Chapel Hill, Fangio spent the 1984 and 1985 seasons as a defensive assistant with the Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars of the USFL, helping the team to back-to-back league titles. Fangio was inducted into the Northeast Pennsylvania Hall of Fame in 1993.
Drevno, 41, joins the 49ers after 18 seasons coaching in the collegiate ranks. He most recently served as a member of Jim Harbaugh’s coaching staff at Stanford over the last four seasons.
Over the course of the past two seasons, Drevno coached a Cardinal offensive line that allowed just 13 sacks during that span, ranking 2nd in the nation in 2009 (7) and in 2010 (6). In addition, the Cardinal offensive line led the way for a ground game that set a school record with 2,837 rushing yards (11th nationally – 218.2 yards/game) in 2009, followed by 2,779 yards in 2010.
Prior to his arrival at Stanford, Drevno was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at the University of San Diego (2003-06). The Toreros won back-to-back NCAA Division I-AA Mid-Major national titles and Pioneer League championships in 2005 and 2006. Under his direction as offensive coordinator, the Toreros led the nation in total offense twice, finished 3rd once and 9th on the other occasion.
Drevno was the offensive line coach at Idaho for three seasons (2000-02) prior to joining the USD staff. The Vandal offense ranked 6th in the nation in 2001 and 8th in 2000. Prior to his tenure at Idaho, Drevno’s previous coaching stops included San Jose State (offensive line – 1999), UNLV (running backs – 1998) and Montana State (tight ends – 1993-95; running backs 1996-97).
Drevno began his collegiate playing career at El Camino College, where he helped lead his club to a national title in 1987 and earned All-Mission League honors the following season. He then went on to start on the Cal State Fullerton offensive line for two seasons.
Drevno earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Cal State-Fullerton in 1992.