Jim Tomsula

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Jim Tomsula
Personal information
Date of birth: (1967-04-14) April 14, 1967 (age 49)
Place of birth: Homestead, Pennsylvania
Career information
High school: Munhall (PA) Steel Valley
College: Catawba
Career history
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Head coaching record
Regular season: 6–11–0
Postseason: 0–0
Career: 6–11-0

James Andrew "Jim" Tomsula (born April 14, 1967) is an American football coach. He was the defensive line coach of the 49ers from February 2007 until his promotion to head coach in 2015. He held the position of head coach for only one season before being fired. Tomsula has also been the head coach for the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe in 2006, where he compiled a record of 6–4. Tomsula was born and raised in the Pittsburgh suburb of Homestead, Pennsylvania. At Catawba College he played Defensive End from 1987–90 after transferring from Middle Tennessee State University after the 1986 season.

Coaching career[edit]

Catawba College[edit]

Tomsula began his coaching career as a strength and conditioning coach at Catawba in 1989. After serving as an assistant coach at Charleston Southern under Defensive Coordinator Fred Hamilton, who helped Tomsula gain his defensive mind, from 1992 to 1995, he returned to Catawba where he was a member of the coaching staff until 2005.

NFL Europe[edit]

Tomsula was an assistant for several years in NFL Europe. He was the defensive line coach for the England Monarchs in 1998 and for the Scottish Claymores from 1999 to 2003. Then in 2004, he became the defensive coordinator for the Berlin Thunder a position he held for the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Tomsula became the head coach of the Rhein Fire for the 2006 season.

NFL Europe head coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
RF 2006 6 4 0 .600 - - - -

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Assistant coach[edit]

The 49ers hired Tomsula to serve as their Defensive Line Coach during the 2007 season and he coached in that role through the 2014 season.[1] During the 2010 season, Tomsula was named interim head coach for the Week 17 game versus the Arizona Cardinals, after head coach Mike Singletary was fired with one game remaining in the season.[2] He won his first game as 49ers head coach, 38–7 over the Arizona Cardinals. Jim Harbaugh retained Tomsula in his previous position as defensive line coach following Harbaugh's hire as the 49ers head coach for the 2011 season. Tomsula would remain as defensive line coach through all four seasons of the Harbaugh era.

Head coach[edit]

On January 14, 2015, Tomsula became the 19th head coach in 49ers franchise history,[3] succeeding Jim Harbaugh who had been forced out by 49ers CEO Jed York.[4] Tomsula's appointment was criticized as it was allegedly motivated by Jed York's desire[5] to have full control of the franchise rather than hiring the best possible candidate for the job.[6] This move subsequently led to assistant coaches refusing to serve on Tomsula's coaching staff.[7][8]

Tomsula employed new coaching practices, which included giving his players breaks to check social media during meetings, shorter, easier practices,[9] and more days off.[10] The result was one of the worst offenses in team history. Scoring only 238 points,[11] the 49ers would struggle to a 5-11 season, with Colin Kaepernick ending the season on injured reserve after being benched. Tomsula's 49ers were so awful that fans paid to have banners flown over Levi's stadium before games, demanding Jed York be held accountable for such a poor head coach hiring.[12] The 49ers would ultimately be eliminated from the postseason in Week 14 of the 2015 regular season.

Tomsula was fired just a few hours after the 49ers season finale against the St. Louis Rams.[13] On January 4, 2016, Jed York confirmed that the 49ers would pay Jim Tomsula $14 million for his one season as head coach.

NFL head coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
SF* 2010 1 0 0 1.000 - - - -
SF 2015 5 11 0 .316 - - - -
SF Total 6 11 0 .353 - -
Total 6 11 0 .353 - -

*Interim head coach

Coaching tree[edit]

NFL head coaches under whom Jim Tomsula has served:


Tomsula's grandfather, James J. Tomsula (1916–2012), was a son of immigrants from Hungary and served in the United States Navy during World War II.[14][15] He is a devout Roman Catholic, but does not push his views on others, stating that "God takes care of everything...I don't give anyone religion lessons."[16]

Tomsula resides in San Jose, California, with his wife, Julie, their daughters, Britney and Brooke, and son James Bear.


  1. ^ http://www.si.com/nfl/2015/01/07/san-francisco-49ers-jim-tomsula-head-coach
  2. ^ "1) He has already served as the head coach of the 49ers". USA Today. 
  3. ^ Fortyniners LakersSpin (2015-01-15), Jim Tomsula Introductory Press Conference, retrieved 2016-07-22 
  4. ^ Brady, James (2015-02-13). "Harbaugh says he didn't leave 49ers by choice". Retrieved 2016-09-30. 
  5. ^ "49ers hire Jim Tomsula, look awful in the process – Bay Area Sports Guy". Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  6. ^ Stites, Adam (2015-02-16). "49ers reportedly didn't hire Adam Gase due to defensive coordinator disagreement". Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  7. ^ "Adam Gase's aversion to Jim Tomsula likely cost him 49ers job, reports say". 2015-02-17. Retrieved 2016-09-30. 
  8. ^ "What if the 49ers hired Vic Fangio or Adam Gase?". Retrieved 2016-09-30. 
  9. ^ "Is Jim Tomsula worse than the worst head coach of all time? - Inside the 49ers". 2015-11-24. Retrieved 2016-07-11. 
  10. ^ Parziale, James. "San Francisco 49ers and coach Jim Tomsula cater to millennials, allow players to take phone breaks". FOX Sports. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  11. ^ "San Francisco 49ers Team Encyclopedia | Pro-Football-Reference.com". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  12. ^ Enteen, Rael. "Fans behind anti-York banner: 'We want to hold him accountable'". KNBR-AM. Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  13. ^ "San Francisco 49ers fire coach Jim Tomsula". NFL.com. 
  14. ^ "James J. Tomsula obituary". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. February 25, 2012. 
  15. ^ "James Tomsula". United States Census, 1930. 
  16. ^ Branch, Eric (October 24, 2013). The San Francisco Chronicle http://www.sfgate.com/49ers/article/49ers-coach-Tomsula-returns-to-roots-4921358.php.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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