Fangio, Roman, Drevno named to Niners’ staff

The 49ers have announced three assistant coaches will follow Jim Harbaugh from Stanford to San Francisco: Vic Fangio (defensive coordinator), Greg Roman (offensive coordinator) and Tim Drevno (offensive line). According to multiple reports, Drevno will share offensive-line duties with Mike Solari.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Ed Donatell will join the staff as the secondary coach.

“I am very excited that these three men are now part of the 49ers coaching staff,” Harbaugh said in a statement. “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.”

Here’s a look at the new additions:


Position: Defensive coordinator

Age: 52

NFL experience: 24 years

Coaching career: 1979-81: Dunmore H.S. (defensive coordinator);  1982: Milford Academy (defensive coordinator); 1983: North Carolina (graduate assistant); 1984-85: Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars (defensive assistant); 1986-94: Saints (linebackers);  1995-98: Panthers (defensive coordinator); 1999-01: Colts (defensive coordinator);  2002-05: Texans (defensive coordinator);  2006-08: Ravens (special assistant to head coach; 2009: Ravens (special assistant/linebackers); 2010: Stanford (defensive coordinator).

Notable: Is expected to run a 3-4 defense, which the Niners ran for the past four seasons under Greg Manusky. Manusky was hired as San Diego’s defensive coordinator today … was the defensive coordinator for two expansion teams (Carolina and Houston) and remained with the franchises for their first four years of existence … as the LB coach in New Orleans oversaw a unit featuring All-Pros Rickey Jackson, Pat Swilling, Sam Mills and Vaughan Johnson, voted the best LB corps in NFL history by NFL Network … Carolina ranked seventh and 10th, respectively, in his first two seasons as defensive coordinator. Fangio’s units didn’t rank higher than 15th in the NFL in his final nine seasons as a coordinator.


Position: Offensive coordinator

Age: 38

NFL experience: 13 years

Coaching career: 1995: Panthers (defensive quality control/strength & conditioning assistant); 1996: Panthers: defensive assistant; 1997-98: Panthers (offensive quality control); 1999-00: Panthers (offensive assistant); 2001: Panthers (assistant offensive line); 2002-03: Texans (tight ends); 2004-05: Texans (quarterbacks); 2006-07: Ravens (assistant offensive line); 2009: Stanford (tight ends/offensive tackles/running game coordinator; 2010: Stanford (associate head coach/assistant head coach offense/tight ends/offensive tackles).

Notable: Is expected to share play-calling duties with head coach Jim Harbaugh … Stanford had a school-record 2,837 rushing yards with Roman serving as run-game coordinator in 2009 … recently attracted interest from Pittsburgh and Vanderbilt as a candidate for their head-coach openings … Niners QB David Carr set career-highs in passing yards (3,531), completion percentage (61.2), TDs (16) and passer rating (83.5) while working with Roman in Houston 2004.


Position: Offensive line coach

Age: 41

NFL experience: None

Coaching career: 1991-92: Cal State Fullerton (graduate assistant); 1993-95: Montana State (tight ends); 1996-98: Montana State (running backs); 1998: UNLV (running backs); 1999: San Jose State (offensive line); 2000-02: Idaho (offensive line); 2003-06: San Diego (offensive coordinator/offensive line); 2007-08: Stanford (tight ends); 2009-10: Stanford (offensive line).

Notable: Is expected to share offensive-line duties with Mike Solari, a 24-year NFL veteran … Stanford’s offensive line allowed 13 sacks over the past two seasons, ranking second in the nation in both ’09 (7 sacks) and ’10 (6) … USD led the nation in total offense twice and ranked in the top-10 nationally in each of his four seasons as offensive coordinator.


Position: Secondary coach

Age: 52

NFL experience: 20 years

Coaching career: 1979-80: Kent State (graduate assistant); 1981-82: Washington (graduate assistant); 1983-85: Pacific (secondary); 1986-88: Idaho (secondary); 1989: Cal State Fullerton (secondary); 1990-94: Jets (secondary); 1995-99: Broncos (secondary); 2000-03: Packers (defensive coordinator); 2004-06: Falcons (defensive coordinator); 2007: Jets (special assistant); 2008: University of Washington (defensive coordinator); 2009-10: Broncos (secondary).

Notable: Has coached seven defensive backs who have been named to the NFL’s All-Decade teams, a list that includes Ronnie Lott, Ty Law and Champ Bailey … Green Bay had an NFL-best 116 takeaways during his tenure as defensive coordinator … the Falcons advanced to the NFC Championship game in his first year as defensive coordinator … Atlanta ranked 14th, 22nd and 22nd in his three seasons as defensive coordinator … the Niners ranked 24th in the NFL in pass defense in 2010 … will take over for Vance Joseph, who was hired as Houston’s secondary coach this week.

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