Jim Harbaugh 2011 Coaching Staff: 49ers Announce Four Additions/Promotions

Jim Harbaugh’s 2011 coaching staff is slowly coming together as more holes are being filled each week. The 49ers formally announced the hiring of Ed Donatell as secondary coach, Geep Chryst quarterbacks coach and Jim Leavitt as linebackers coach. Additionally, Mark Uyeyama has been promoted to head strength and conditioning coach.

Of the new hires, Jim Leavitt is the only coach without prior NFL experience. With additions still to come, Coach Harbaugh’s staff will have as much NFL experience as any coaching staff in the NFL. College coaches have often struggled making the leap from college to the NFL, but 49ers fans have to hope these experienced hirings will be a difference-maker for Coach Harbaugh. Here is a rundown of the resumes of each new coach:

Jim Leavitt
1978-79 – Missouri – Grad Assistant
1980-81 – Dubuque – Defensive Coordinator
1982 – Morningside – Special Teams Coordinator
1983-87 – Morningside – Defensive Coordinator
1989 – Iowa – Grad Assistant
1990-91 – Kansas State – Linebackers Coach
1992-95 – Kansas State – Defensive Coordinator
1996-09 – University of South Florida – Head Coach

Ed Donatell
1979-80 – Kent State University – Grad Assistant
1981-82 – Washington – Grad Assistant
1983-85 – University of the Pacific – Defensive Backs
1986-88 – University of Idaho – Defensive Backs
1989 – Cal State Fullerton – Defensive Backs
1990-94 – New York Jets – Defensive Backs
1995-99 – Denver Broncos – Defensive Backs
2000-03 – Green Bay Packers – Defensive Coordinator
2004-06 – Atlanta Falcons – Defensive Coordinator
2007 – New York Jets – Special Assistant
2008 – University of Washington – Defensive Coordinator
2009-2010 – Denver Broncos – Defensive Backs

Geep Chryst
1987 – University of Wisconsin-Platteville
1988 – University of Wisconsin-Madison
1989 – University of Wyoming – Offensive Line
1990 – University of Wyoming – Quarterbacks
1991 – Orlando Thunder (WFL) – Wide Receivers/Running Backs
1991-95 – Chicago Bears – Director of research/quality control
1996-97 – Arizona Cardinals – Tight Ends
1998 – Arizona Cardinals – Quarterbacks
1999-00 – San Diego Chargers – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
2001-03 – Arizona Cardinals – Quarterbacks
2006-10 – Carolina Panthers – Tight Ends/Offensive Quality Control

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