The Nolan file

Things to know about Mike Nolan, selected Monday by the 49ers to become the 15th head coach in team history:

--- Was born March 7, 1959, in Baltimore, Md. At age 45, he becomes one of the NFL's youngest head coaches.

--- Has 18 years of experience as an NFL assistant coach.

--- Has 11 years of experience as an NFL defensive coordinator with the New York Giants (1993-96), Washington Redskins (1997-99), New York Jets (2000) and Baltimore Ravens (2002-2004)

--- Nolan's Baltimore unit ranked sixth in the NFL in 2004 in total defense and was among the league's too 10 in 13 defensive categories. In 2002, his unit was third in total defense and ranked sixth or better in 12 defensive categories.

--- Was named the NFL's defensive assistant coach of the year by Football Digest in 2003.

--- Is the son of Dick Nolan, San Francisco's head coach from 1968-75 who led the 49ers to three consecutive NFC West championships from 1970-72 and to the NFC Championship game following the 1970 and 1971 seasons.

--- Broke into the NFL in 1987 with the Denver Broncos, where he served two season as special teams coach/defensive assistants before coaching the team's linebackers the next four seasons.

--- Also has one year of NFL experience on the offensive side of the ball after coaching Baltimore's wide receivers in 2001 before taking over as defensive coordinator the next year.

--- Has 24 years coaching experience overall in the college and professional ranks. Was a graduate assistant in 1981 at the University of Oregon, coached defensive backs (1982) and linebackers (1983) in a two-year stint at Stanford University, coached defensive backs for two years at Rice University (1984-85) and once season coaching LSU's defensive backs before he joined the Broncos.

--- Grew up in San Francisco Bay Area while his father was coaching the 49ers and was a three-year letter winner at Oregon, where he was a standout free safety.

--- Signed with the Denver after his college career and spent training camp in 1981 with the Broncos before becoming one of the team's final cuts.

--- Nolan and his wife Kathy have two sons, Michael and Chirstopher, and two daughters, Laura and Jennifer.

--- Becomes part of the fourth father-son combination to become head coaches in NFL history, following Bum and Wade Phillops, Don and Dave Shula and Jim and Jim Mora. The Nolans become the first to coach the same team on a permanent basis.

--- Was chosen over the other four NFL coordinators the 49ers interviewed last week – New England defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel, Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger, New York Giants defensive coordinator Tim Lewis and Tennessee defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.


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