The San Francisco 49ers coaching situation is slowly developing, and we might have another name to add to the list. Football Scoop is reporting the team will hire Eric Wolford as their assistant offensive line coach. Wolford was previously the head coach of Youngstown State. In five seasons at Youngstown State, Wolford was 31-26. Prior to that job he was an offensive line coach at seven different colleges. He will likely be working alongside Chris Foerster, who was reportedly hired to be the offensive line coach.
There is not a ton out there on Wolford, but his Youngstown State bio indicates strong work with offensive linemen. This year, two of his offensive linemen, Kyle Bryant and Chris Elkins, were invited to the Shrine Game. Prior to this year, only one member of the team had been invited to the Shrine Game. Additionally, offensive guard Lamar Mady earned a roster spot with the Raiders this year.
Here is a solid feature on Wolford, as well. The article features some quotations from Nate Adams, one of his former players. I tweeted at Nate asking him how he might work out as the 49ers assistant OL coach, and he tweeted this to me:
@NinersNation He is an OL guy who is intense, but a down to earth coach that those guys will respect and love to play for.— Nate Adams (@ncadams4244) January 17, 2015
One humorous note, or at least humorous to me, is that Wolford is a Youngstown state guy. The DeBartolo family is from Youngstown, with Jed born there. Wolford appears to be very much qualified, but his Youngstown connection makes me snicker a bit. Given how everything has gone down, little things like this end up sticking out, even though it seems pretty obvious that Wolford is a very qualified coach.