Niners hire two more assistants

The 49ers haven't made it official yet, but according to reports, Jim Leavitt and Geep Chryst have been hired as assistant coaches by Jim Harbaugh.

UPDATE: The 49ers have now made it official: Jim Leavitt is the team's new linebackers coach, Geep Chryst is quarterbacks coach and Ed Donatell is the secondary coach. Also, Mark Uyeyama has been promoted to strength and conditioning coach. Duane Carlisle was not retained. In a tweet, the Niners public relations staff said changes aren't announced until contracts have been signed and received.

The San Francisco 49ers still aren't saying too much about their coaching hires, leaving it to other sources to make their announcements for them.

Thank goodness for Twitter.

-- According to Rick Stroud and Greg Auman of the St. Petersburg Times, former University of South Florida coach Jim Leavitt will join coach Jim Harbaugh's staff as linebackers coach.

-- Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports that Geep Chryst, who spent the past four seasons as the Carolina Panthers tight ends coach, will also join the 49ers, although his role has not been determined.

The 49ers have not announced either hire, nor have they acknowledged two other Harbaugh staff additions: wide receivers coach John Morton and defensive backs coach Ed Donatell. However, they have previously announced the hiring of Greg Roman as offensive coordinator, Vic Fangio as defensive coordinator and Tim Drevno as offensive line coach.

Leavitt, 54, does not have previous NFL coaching experience, but he spent 14 years as head coach at South Florida. His tenure ended in January 2010 after he was fired for allegedly grabbing a player and hitting him twice in the face during a game in 2009, a charge he denied. Last week, Leavitt reached a settlement in his wrongful termination lawsuit against the university and was awarded $2.75 million.

Chryst has been an NFL assistant since 1999, working for the San Diego Chargers, Arizona Cardinals and Panthers and filling roles as a quarterbacks and tight ends coach.


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