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March 20, 2013
49ers add a Lombardi to their coaching staff

The 49ers made an addition to their coaching staff - Mick Lombardi, the son of Browns general manager Michael Lombardi. The younger Lombardi will serve as an assistant to Jim Harbaugh. The Lombardis are not related to former Packers great, Vince Lombardi.

Michael Lombardi was a finalist along with Trent Baalke when Jed York was looking for a general manager two years ago. Lombardi became friends with Harbaugh when both worked for the Raiders 10 years ago. Lombardi remained in Oakland until 2007 at which point he began working as an analyst for NFL Network. The Browns hired him at general manager and VP of Player Personnel earlier this year.

Lombardi also worked as a scout for the 49ers in the 1980s and has spoken at length on NFL Network about what he learned from Bill Walsh. The younger Lombardi presumably wants to emulate that experience with Harbaugh. Last year Mick Lombardi worked as a scouting assistant to the Patriots.

This is the only known change to the 49ers' coaching staff this offseason. The team lost director of player personnel Tom Gamble to the Eagles.

-- 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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