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Jim Tomsula will not return as 49ers head coach


After just one season leading the team, the 49ers have fired head coach Jim Tomsula.

Tomsula, widely regarded as a "players coach," had been with the 49ers organization for a number of years, starting in 2007 when he was added as defensive line coach. Prior to that appointment, Tomsula held a number of assistant coaching positions at places like Catawba College, Charleston Southern, and in NFL Europe with the England Monarchs, and Scottish Claymores. After a few seasons coaching the defensive line in NFL Europe, Tomsula joined the Berlin Thunder in 2004 as defensive coordinator, where he spent two seasons before going 6-4 as the head coach of theRhein Fire in 2006.

The next season he landed on the 49ers staff coaching the defensive line for Mike Nolan, and stayed on board when the organization appointed Mike Singletary head coach for the 2008 season. Following Singletary's dismissal in 2010, Tomsula was appointed interim head coach and went 1-0 in his debut. Jim Harbaugh was brought in from 2011-2014, and Tomsula stayed on board to coach the defensive line.

His first full season as a head coach this was filled with disappointing losses. Following the retirement of a number of key players from the Niners' 2013 playoff run to the NFC title game, Tomsula struggled to a 5-11 mark.

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