Twelve years ago, Reggie Davis caught the only touchdown of his NFL career on a pass thrown by Chargers quarterback Jim Harbaugh.
On Friday, Davis marked another milestone in his football career and, again, Harbaugh was instrumental in making it happen as he gave his former teammate and colleague his first NFL coaching job.
Davis, 34, was hired as the 49ers tight ends coach after spending the past three seasons coaching against Harbaugh and Stanford in the Pac-10 as the running backs coach at Oregon State. The Niners also hired Peter Hansen as a defensive assistant/quality control coach.
Hansen spent the past two years as a defensive assistant at Stanford, working alongside 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio this past season. Harbaugh played for Hansen's father, Earl, at Palo Alto High in the early 1980s. Earl Hansen, still coaching at Palo Alto, was recently named Cal-Hi Sports state football coach of the year after leading the Vikings to a 14-0 season.
Davis, a former tight end, played with Harbaugh with the Chargers in 1999-2000, Davis' only two seasons in the NFL. He was the tight ends coach and assisted with special teams under Harbaugh at the University of San Diego in 2004.
A former co-captain at the University of Washington, Davis was the running backs coach at UNLV (2005-07) before moving to Oregon State. In his first season in Corvallis, running back Jacquizz Rodgers became the first freshman in the history of the Pac-10 to earn its Offensive MVP award.
At Oregon State, Davis coached under Mike Riley, Harbaugh's coach during his two seasons with the Chargers. Davis, who had 13 receptions in the NFL, teamed with Harbaugh for his lone career touchdown — a 2-yard connection in a 23-20 loss to the Bears on Nov. 21, 1999.
Davis will work with a talented tight end corps that features Vernon Davis, Delanie Walker and Nate Byham. Tight ends played a major role in Harbaugh's offense at Stanford this past season, accounting for 13 of quarterback Andrew Luck's 32 touchdown passes, including four in a 40-12 win over Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl.
Hansen assisted in film breakdown, scouting reports and practice preparation at Stanford the past two seasons. In 2008, he was a strength and conditioning intern at the school.
Hansen, an assistant coach at Palo Alto High from 2004-07, was a two-sport athlete at the University of Arizona, playing football and basketball. The 6-foot-8 Hansen blocked seven field goals and PATs during his career and earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors on special teams in 2000.
Harbaugh is presumably close to making his final coaching hire. He has said that he planned to add an assistant linebacker and/or secondary coach to his staff.
The 49ers promoted Tom Gamble to director of player personnel, a position he has unofficially held since former general manager Scot McLoughan left the team last year. At that time, general manager Trent Baalke, the former director of player personnel, assumed most of McLoughan's duties and Gamble inherited many of Baalke's responsibilities.
Gamble, a 23-year NFL veteran, had been the Niners director of pro personnel since 2005.
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