Singletary joins 49ers as assistant head coach

OWINGS MILLS -- Former Ravens linebackers coach Mike Singletary is the first hire for new San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Nolan. He was named assistant head coach and linebackers coach on Friday.<br><br> "We wanted to build a strong staff and this is the perfect way to start," Nolan said. "He brings instant credibility and intensity to the team. If there is anyone who knows how to win and how to prepare to win, it is Mike Singletary."

Singletary coached with Nolan for the previous two seasons as the Ravens' inside linebackers coach.

Players have flourished under his tutelage, with linebacker Ray Lewis earning 2003 NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Under Singletary, the inside linebackers have finished first and second in tackles in each of his seasons coaching the position. He has also coached on a Ravens defense that finished third overall in 2003 and sixth overall in 2004.

"We need to establish a mindset, an attitude here and coach Nolan will do that," Singletary said. "People need to understand coach Nolan knows what it takes to win. He knows the plan.

"The biggest reason I'm here is because I know Mike knows exactly what it takes to win. We need to get going and I'm ready to get to work."
In 2001, Singletary won the Walter Camp's "Man of the Year Award", based on his reputation for integrity and leadership within his profession and contributions benefiting his community, country and fellow man. He also co-founded Leadership Zone, a company that provides leadership training.

Singletary was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998 after a stellar career with the Chicago Bears from 1981-92. He boasted 1,488 tackles (885 solo), finishing as the Bears' first or second leading tackler each of his last 11 seasons.

Singletary was named to the NFL Team of the 80s after being selected to play in a team-record 10 consecutive Pro Bowls.

He was also named All-Pro eight times (1983-89; 1991), and an All-NFC selection nine consecutive times (1983-91). Singletary was drafted in second round of the 1981 NFL Draft from Baylor University.

He started a defensive team-record 172 games for the Bears, trailing only running back Walter Payton's 184 career starts for the all-time team lead.

The Ravens will likely replace Singletary by having outside linebackers coach Jeff FitzGerald coach the entire unit.

As well as a being a long time contributor to RavensInsider, Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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