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January 9, 2008
Carlisle promoted to strength coach

Duane Carlisle will take over from Johnny Parker as the team's strength and conditioning coach. Carlisle, 42, had been Parker's understudy the last two years. His forte has been increasing the speed of 49ers' players. It'll be interesting to see if Carlisle sticks with Parker's philosophy regarding weight lifting. Under Parker, the 49ers went high rep, low weight in the offseason, and then low rep, high weight during the season. The idea was that players would be at their strongest toward the tail end of the season, the time when opponents were starting to break down. Indeed, it has seemed like the 49ers have played their best football late in the season in recent years.

The 49ers have retained tight ends coach Pete Hoener. There is a chance he could have a new assignement but as of now he is still tight ends coach. That means the team has two positions to fill, running backs coach and offensive assistant. The 49ers also could bring in a new quarterbacks coach or they could insert Ted Tollner into that position.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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