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February 4, 2008
Nathan named RBs coach

The 49ers named former Dolphins running back Tony Nathan as their running backs coach today, thus rounding out their assistant coaching staff. The top choice for the position, Wilbert Montgomery, took a job with the Baltimore Ravens last week. Nathan, who spent nine seasons as a running back with the Dolphins, began his coaching career in 1988 in Miami. He also has coached in Tampa Bay, at Florida International University and spent the last two seasons as the Ravens' running backs coach.

The team also announced that it has promoted Trent Baalke to director of player personnel where he will oversee the team's college and pro personnel departments. Baalke had been the team's scout for the Southwest region. Baalke was the Washington Redskins' college scouting coordinator in 2004 before joing the 49ers in 2005.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW 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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