Jim Tomsula

Defensive Line Coach

Jim Tomsula enters his first season with the 49ers after being named the team’s defensive line coach on January 16, 2007.
Tomsula joins the 49ers from the NFL Europa League, where he was one of the most successful coaches in recent NFLEL history.

He spent the 2006 season as the head coach of the Rhein Fire where he coached two current 49ers – offensive linemen Harvey Dahl and Tony Wragge.

During his time as a coach in the NFLEL, Tomsula achieved success as a defensive line coach, defensive coordinator and head coach. Between NFL Europa seasons, he was also a member of Division II Catawba College’s coaching staff and was part of numerous college all-star games in a coaching capacity.

Prior to being named the Fire’s head coach in 2006, which made him the youngest coach in NFLEL history at age 38, Tomsula served as the Berlin Thunder’s defensive coordinator for two seasons, winning World Bowl XII in 2004. During that season, Tomsula’s defense ranked first in the NFLEL against the run.

He joined the NFLEL in 1998 as the defensive line coach of the England Monarchs. He then went on to serve in the same capacity for five seasons with the Scottish Claymores, where he established a reputation for producing some of the league’s most dominant lines. He also played a leading role in mentoring and teaching young talent in the league’s National Player Development program.

Tomsula was a defensive lineman at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC after transferring from Middle Tennessee State. In 1989, he started his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater. He was then the defensive line coach at Woodland Hills (PA) High School in 1991 and later was an assistant at Charleston Southern University, SC in 1992.

He and his wife, Julie, reside in San Jose with their daughters Britney and Brooke.

Years Coaching Background Head Coach
2007-Current Defensive Line San Francisco 49ers - Mike Nolan
2006 Head Coach Rhein Fire - Jim Tomsula
2004-2005 Defensive Coordinator Berlin Thunder - Rick Lantz
1999-2003 Defensive Line/Special Teams Assistant Scottish Claymores - Jim Criner, Gene Dahlquist
1998 Defensive Line England Monarchs - Lionel Taylor
1997 Defensive Line Catawaba College - David Bennett
1992 Assistant/Strength and Conditioning Charleston Southern - David Dowd
1989 Assistant/Strength and Conditioning Catawaba College - Bill Mauldin

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