After head coach Brad Lambert had to clean house at the end of the 2017 season, there were multiple voids that had to be filled on his coaching staff. Now, a few months later, he has finally locked in his staff for the 2018 season.
“I’m really pleased with this group as a whole. It’s a group of men and good leaders. There’s a lot of experience in each area. We’re really excited about getting started with our players with our full unit,” Lambert said.
Shane Montgomery will serve as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the team. Montgomery is somewhat familiar with the area, playing his collegiate ball up I-85 as a quarterback for NC State. There, he led the Pack to two straight bowl games.
Montgomery comes to the Queen City after spending eight seasons with Youngstown State. In all of his years with the Penguins, the team posted at least 2,000 passing yards and 2,000 rushing yards. He said he wanted his team to be “well-balanced.” He also spent eight years with Miami University in Ohio, four of which were spent as the head coach. His time as quarterbacks coach for the RedHawks coincided with now-Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s time with the team.
He also spent time at Chattanooga where he became introduced to Lambert when the team squared up against Marshall.
“I’m excited to be joining the 49ers program. I’ve known coach Lambert for over 25 years and I’m looking forward to helping him continue to build the program. It’s an up-and-coming program and it’s exciting to get in on the front end. Getting in and helping build a program is very attractive,” Montgomery said.
Glenn Spencer and Chip West will split the duties as defensive coordinator for the team.
Spencer brings 18 years of experience at the FBS level to the 49ers. Throughout his almost 20 years on the sidelines for the FBS, he has appeared in 12 bowl games. The past 10 years he has been with the Cowboys at Oklahoma State, serving the last four as their defensive coordinator. Last season, the Cowboys’ defense ranked fourth in the Big-12 conference, which holds other teams like Oklahoma, Texas and West Virginia.
“Fundamentally we want to be sound: leveraging the football, getting off blocks and tackling and creating turnovers which was one thing we were known for out there,” Spencer said. “What can we do on our side of the ball to win games? We want to dictate tempo and keep them off balance with pressure and maximize the talent that we have returning. What I enjoy about this game transcends more than tackling and getting off blocks. I enjoy being able to impact lives, to lead a room and lead a unit with the ultimate goal to win championships.”
The Douglasville, Georgia-native was a defensive tackle at Georgia Tech. He will also serve as the linebackers coach for the Niners.
West spent last year at Howard where he filled the roles of defensive coordinator, cornerbacks coach and recruiting coordinator. Previously he has coached at Virginia, where he consistently brought in impressive recruiting classes, and conference opponent Old Dominion.
“He’s been a successful recruiting coordinator who has familiarity with North Carolina and Virginia. He brings experience from the ACC and he was at ODU when they started that program.”
He also has experience working with 49er coach Ulrick Edmonds and strength coach Jim Durning during his tenure at James Madison University. He was with the team when they won their 2004 Championship. In addition to his role as the defensive coordinator, West will also coach the cornerbacks.
James Adams, who was a secondary coach last season will move and oversee the safeties next year. Brad Queen who served as the defensive line assistant last year was promoted to defensive tackles coach.
Charlie Skalaski joined the coaching staff last season as special teams coordinator. He will continue to wear that hat for the 2018 season, but he will also add receivers coach to his plate. Edmonds will continue to be the recruiting coordinator as well as coaching the defensive ends.
Greg Adkins, who filled in as the offensive coordinator last season, will return to solely as the offensive line coach. Johnson Richardson and Keith Henry will return to coach the tight ends and running backs respectively.
The new coaching staff can be seen in action during the 2018 Spring Game, which takes place April 21 at 6 p.m. in Jerry Richardson Stadium.