Reggie Davis, a former teammate and colleague of Jim Harbaugh, will be reunited with the 49ers coach after spending the past three seasons coaching against him in the Pac-10.
Davis, 34, the running backs coach at Oregon State the past three years, has been hired as tight ends coach. The Niners also announced that Peter Hansen has been hired as a defensive assistant/quality control coach. Hansen spent the past two years as a defensive assistant at Stanford, working alongside 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio this past season.
Harbaugh played for Hansen’s father, Earl, at Palo Alto High in the early 1980s. Earl Hansen was recently named Cal-Hi Sports state football coach of the year after leading Palo Alto to a 14-0 season.
Davis, a former tight end, played with Harbaugh with the Chargers from 1999-2000, Davis’ only two seasons in the NFL. He was the tight ends coach and assisted with special teams under Harbaugh at the University of San Diego in 2004.
A former co-captain at the University of Washington, Davis was the running backs coach at UNLV (2005-07) before moving to Oregon State. In Davis’ first season in Corvallis, running back Jacquizz Rodgers became the first freshman in the history of the Pac-10 to earn its Offensive MVP award.
At Oregon State, Davis coached under Mike Riley, Harbaugh’s coach during his two seasons with the Chargers. Davis, who had 13 receptions in the NFL, teamed with Harbaugh for his only career touchdown – a two-yard connection in a 23-20 loss to the Bears on Nov. 21, 1999.
Davis will work with a talented tight end corps that features Vernon Davis, Delanie Walker and Nate Byham. Tight ends played a major role in Harbaugh’s offense at Stanford this past season, accounting for 13 of quarterback Andrew Luck’s 32 touchdowns, including four in an Orange Bowl win over Virginia Tech.
Hansen assisted in film breakdown, scouting reports and practice preparation at Stanford the past two seasons. In 2008, he was a strength and conditioning intern at the school.
Hansen, an assistant coach at Palo Alto High from 2004-07, was a two-sport athlete at the University of Arizona, playing football and basketball. The 6-foot-8 Hansen blocked seven field goals and PATs during his career and earned second-team all-Pac-10 honors on special teams in 2000.
Harbaugh is presumably close to making his final coaching hire. He’s said that he planned to add an assistant linebacker and/or secondary coach to his staff.
• Harbaugh said two weeks ago that offensive coordinator Greg Roman would also serve as the head tight ends coach. Since that time, Ray Brown, who had been named an assistant offensive line coach working with tight ends and tackles, has been hired by the Panthers.
The press release issued by the Niners today did not mention Roman’s role with the tight ends. I’ll update once I hear back from a team spokesman. (UPDATE: Davis is the primary tight ends coach).
• A look at the 49ers coaching staff (previous job in parantheses):
Head coach: Jim Harbaugh (Stanford head coach)
Assistant head coach/special teams coordinator: Brad Seely (Browns assistant head coach/special teams coordinator)
Offensive coordinator: Greg Roman (Stanford associate head coach/assistant head coach offense)
Defensive coordinator: Vic Fangio (Stanford defensive coordinator)
Quarterbacks: Geep Chryst (Panthers tight ends/quality control)
Running backs: Tom Rathman (49ers running backs)
Wide receivers: John Morton (USC wide receivers)
Tight ends: Reggie Davis (Oregon State running backs)
Offensive line: Mike Solari (49ers offensive line)
Offensive line: Tim Drevno (Stanford offensive line)
Offensive assistant: Bobby Engram (first year)
Defensive line: Jim Tomsula (49ers defensive line)
Linebackers: Jim Leavitt (South Florida head coach)
Secondary: Ed Donatell (Broncos secondary)
Defensive assistant/quality control: Peter Hansen (Stanford defensive assistant)
Quality control: Ejiro Evero (University of Redlands special teams/safties)
Special assistant to head coach: Bill Nayes (University of Wisconsin assistant athletic director/director of football operations)