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Jim Tomsula '90 Named Head Coach of the San Francisco 49ers

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Jim Tomsula, a 1990 Catawba alumnus, has been named the head football coach for the NFL's The San Francisco 49ers.  He becomes the 19th coach in team history, taking over for Jim Harbaugh, who recently left to take the head coaching job at the University of Michigan.

Reports from the San Francisco 49ers say that after conducting a thorough search, Tomsula was clearly the right man to lead the team.  Jed York, 49ers CEO, was quoted in saying, “Jim is a great teacher and a tremendous mentor who conducts himself with great class and integrity.”  Trent Ballke, 49ers general manager added, "Our organization is excited to have Jim Tomsula leading this football team.  We have had the privilege of working alongside Jim for the past eight seasons.  He is a proven leader, teacher and mentor, and we look forward to seeing him apply his craft and vision to our team.”

Tomsula will be formally introduced as head coach during a press conference Thursday afternoon at Levi’s® Stadium.

Tomsula played defensive line at Catawba until a knee injury as a senior in 1989 ended his career.  After a stint as an assistant at Charleston Southern, Tomsula returned to Catawba and joined David Bennett's staff in 1997.

During his years as an assistant at Catawba, Tomsula began his professional career with NFL Europe during the summers.  He was defensive coordinator for the Berlin Thunder when the team won World Bowl XII.  In 2006, Tomsula was named the head coach of the Rhine Fire, becoming the youngest head coach in league history at age 38.

Tomsula joined the 49ers as defensive line coach in 2007.  Since then, the 49ers rank fourth in the league in rushing yards allowed per game (98.4) and rushing average (3.72).  San Francisco’s defense also ranks third in the NFL in points per game allowed (19.4) and fourth in yards per game allowed (320.9).

In 2011, San Francisco set the NFL record by not allowing a rushing touchdown in their first 14 games of the season.  The team surrendered just three rushing touchdowns all year, the fewest allowed in the NFL since the league went to a 16-game schedule in 1978.

Tomsula and his wife, Julie, also a Catawba graduate, have two daughters, Britney and Brooke, and a son, Bear.

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October 2

Volleyball @ Wingate 0-3

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October 3

Soccer (W) vs. WINGATE 2-1

Soccer (M) vs. WINGATE 1-5

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October 5

Swimming Men @ Gardner-Webb 92-170

Volleyball @ Anderson 0-3

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October 6

Volleyball @ Newberry 3-2

Football vs. ALBANY STATE 21-35

Soccer (M) vs. SHAW 3-0

Soccer (W) vs. SHAW 6-1

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October 7

Tennis (M) vs. BLUEFIELD ST. 3-4

Tennis (W) vs. BLUEFIELD ST. 7-0

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October 8

Golf (W) in RENDLEMAN INV - Day 1 (CC of SALISBURY)

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October 9

Golf (W) in RENDLEMAN INV - Day 2 (CC of SALISBURY) 10th of 18

Tennis (W) vs. WINSTON-SALEM ST, ppd. 5 p.m.

Volleyball @ Coker 1-3

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October 10

Soccer (W) @ Mars Hill 1-0

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October 12

Cross Country Royals Challenge M-15th;W-19th

Swimming Women @ Converse Invite (Day 1) 

Volleyball vs. TUSCULUM 2-3

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October 13

Swimming Women @ Converse Invite (Day 2) 1st of 5

Volleyball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 0-3

Football @ Wingate 25-35

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October 14

Soccer (M) vs. COKER 1-2

Soccer (W) vs. COKER 5-0

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October 15

Golf (W) @ Noble Memorial - Day 1 (Achasta GC)

Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Inv. - Day 1 (Mimosa Hills CC)

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October 16

Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Inv. - Day 2 (Mimosa Hills CC) 9th of 14

Golf (W) @ Noble Memorial - Day 2 (Achasta GC) 9th of 14

Volleyball vs. QUEENS 2-3

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October 17

Soccer (M) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 1-4

Soccer (W) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 1-4

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October 19

Volleyball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 0-3

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October 20

Football vs. TUSCULUM 55-37

Volleyball @ Mars Hill 3-0

Soccer (W) vs. ANDERSON 3-0

Soccer (M) vs. ANDERSON 0-2

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October 22

Golf (W) @ Flagler Fall Slam - Day 1 (Marsh Creek CC)

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October 23

Golf (W) @ Flagler Fall Slam - Day 2 (Marsh Creek CC) 

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October 24

Soccer (W) vs. CHOWAN 2 p.m.

Soccer (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 7:30 p.m.

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October 25

Tennis (W) vs. Newberry 2 p.m.

Tennis (M) vs. Newberry 2 p.m.

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October 26

Volleyball @ Carson-Newman 7 p.m.

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October 27

Basketball (W) @ UNC Wilmington (Exhib.) noon

Football vs. LIMESTONE 1:30 p.m.

Volleyball @ Tusculum 2 p.m.

Soccer (W) @ Carson-Newman 5 p.m.

Soccer (M) @ Carson-Newman 7:30 p.m.

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October 30

Soccer (W) SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Basketball (M) @ Wichita St. (Exhib.)

Volleyball vs. COKER 6:30 p.m.

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