Robert Saleh

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Robert Saleh
San Francisco 49ers
Position:Defensive coordinator
Personal information
Born: (1979-01-31) January 31, 1979 (age 39)
Dearborn, Michigan
Career information
High school:Dearborn (MI) Fordson
College:Northern Michigan
Career history
As coach:
Career highlights and awards

Robert Saleh (born January 31, 1979) is an American football coach of Lebanese descent[1] who is the defensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers. He has previously coached linebackers for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL).[2][3][4]

Early years[edit]

Saleh was born in Dearborn, Michigan and is a 1997 graduate of Fordson High School.[2][4] He attended Northern Michigan University, earning a degree in Finance. Robert was a four-year starter and an all-conference tight end.[2][5]

Coaching career[edit]

Saleh began his coaching career at the collegiate level in 2002. He spent four years working as a Defensive Assistant with Michigan State University (2002–03), Central Michigan University (2004)[5] and the University of Georgia (2005).[2]

In 2005, Saleh interned with the Houston Texans, working with the defense.[6] In February 2006, he was hired to Gary Kubiak’s staff as a Defensive Quality Control Coach under Defensive Coordinator Richard Smith.[6][7][8] In January 2009, he was promoted to Assistant Linebackers Coach.[9][10] In February 2011, Saleh was hired as the Defensive Quality Control Coach for the Seattle Seahawks.[11] He spent three seasons with the Seahawks, including their 2013 championship season when they defeated the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.[4]

Following the Seahawks’ championship, Saleh was named Linebackers Coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars.[2][3]

On February 13, 2017, he was named Defensive Coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers under Head Coach Kyle Shanahan.

Personal life[edit]

Saleh and his wife, Sanaa, have four sons and one daughter.[3] Following the Super Bowl victory, Saleh’s hometown of Dearborn honored him with a key to the city and a proclamation for his achievements.[4] He is an Arab American of Lebanese descent and is a practicing Muslim.[12]


  1. ^ Klemko, Robert. "Robert Saleh: The Road from 9/11 to the 49ers". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Robert Saleh,", retrieved July 10, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Jaguars Insider: New LB coach Robert Saleh eager to work with Paul Posluszny," The Florida Times-Union, February 15, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d "Dearborn honors Seahawks Super Bowl champion coach Robert Saleh," The Oakland Press, February 12, 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Kelly Completes Coaching Staff,", January 23, 2004.
  6. ^ a b "Texans add four coaches to staff," USA Today, February 2, 2006.
  7. ^ John McClain, "Texans to keep Carr through 2008 season," Houston Chronicle, February 9, 2006.
  8. ^ John McClain, "Kubiak adds 3 assistants to Texans’ coaching staff," Houston Chronicle, February 3, 2006.
  9. ^ "Transactions," Times-Union (Warsaw, IN), p4B, January 29, 2009.
  10. ^ John McClain, "Texans re-sign Gibbs, promote four coaches," Houston Chronicle, January 29, 2009.
  11. ^ Danny O'Neil, "Seahawks hire Carl Smith as quarterbacks coach," Seattle Times, February 25, 2011.
  12. ^ Klemko, Robert. "Robert Saleh: The Road from 9/11 to the 49ers". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 16 December 2018.