Athletic Department

Athletic Department: Jim Tomsula

Jim Tomsula

Year Inducted: 2015
Category: Football


Tomsula played two years of football for Catawba and helped the team to a share of the 1988 South Atlantic Conference championship and its first NAIA National Playoff berth.  Following his playing career, Tomsula returned to Catawba as an assistant coach before entering the professional ranks, first with NFL Europe then with the San Francisco 49ers where he now serves as the head coach.

Tomsula made 109 tackles in two seasons as a defensive lineman for the Indians.  Among those stops were five sacks and another six for losses. 

Returning as an assistant coach for Catawba in 1996, Tomsula helped his alma mater to four SAC Championships and four NCAA playoff berths.  In 2001, Catawba advanced to the national semifinals.

Tomsula spent several years as a coach in NFL Europe and was the defensive coordinator for the Berlin Thunder in 2004 when they claimed the World Bowl title.  He became the head coach for the Rhine Fire in 2006 before the league finally folded.

In 2007, Tomsula joined the staff of the San Francisco 49ers as a defensive line coach.  He helped the team to three playoff berths and a Super Bowl appearance in 2012.  He had served as an interim head coach for one game of the 2010 season and was named the 49ers head coach following the 2014 season.

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

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