Jim Tomsula

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Jim Tomsula
San Francisco 49ers
Position: Head coach
Personal information
Date of birth: (1968-04-14) April 14, 1968 (age 47)
Place of birth: Homestead, Pennsylvania
Career information
College: Middle Tennessee State
Career history
As coach:
Career highlights and awards

James Andrew "Jim" Tomsula (born April 14, 1968) is an American football coach. He is currently the head coach for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL), a position he has held since January 2015. He previously served as the defensive line coach of the 49ers from February 2007 until his promotion. Tomsula was also San Francisco's interim head coach for the final game of the 2010 season. He 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.

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 was promoted to head coach by the 49ers and succeeded Jim Harbaugh as the 19th coach in team history. [3]

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 3rd in NFC West - - - -
SF Total 1 0 0 1.000 - -
Total 1 0 0 1.000 - -

*Interim head coach


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.[4][5] 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."[6]

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


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