Shanahan, 49ers announce additions to coaching staff
It didn’t take long for head coach Kyle Shanahan to make changes to the 49ers’ coaching staff.
Shanahan and the 49ers announced the signing of the first six members of the team’s coaching staff Friday afternoon. The six members consist of assistant head coach and tight ends coach Jon Embree, adminstrative assistant to the head coach Nick Kray, offensive assistant T.C. McCartney, quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello, running backs coach Bobby Turner and head strength and conditioning coach Ray Wright.
Embree enters his first season as the 49ers assistant head coach and tight ends coach after three seasons as the Buccaneers’ tight ends coach. Embree held the same position with the Cleveland Browns for the 2013 season.
Before his arrival in Cleveland, Embree was head coach at the University of Colorado, compiling a 4-21 record in two seasons. He first entered the NFL coaching ranks with the Chiefs, where he was the team’s tight ends coach for three seasons from 2006-08. He later spent the 2010 season season as the Redskins’ tight ends coach.
Embree spent 11 seasons coaching in the collegiate ranks. From 1993-94, he coached Colorado’s tight ends, followed by four years of coaching defensive ends at the school and eventually returned to tight ends for the 1999 and 2000 seasons. In 2001-02, he was Colorado’s wide receivers and kickers coach.
A native of Englewood, Colorado, Embree played collegiately as a tight end at Colorado. From 1987-88, he played two seasons in the NFL with the Rams before suffering a career-ending injury with the Seahawks in 1989.
Kray will become the 49ers’ administrative assistant to the head coach. He joins the team after serving as the assistant director of football operations at North Carolina State University for two seasons from 2015-16. A native of Glendale Heights, Illinois, Kray was as a defensive lineman at Eastern Illinois University.
McCartney rejoins the 49ers as the team’s offensive assistant, having served in that role for the 2015 season. He returned to San Francisco after spending the 2016 season as an offensive assistant at Louisiana State University. He originally entered the NFL coaching ranks in 2014 as a quality control coach with the Browns.
A native of Boulder, Colorado, McCartney graduated from LSU with a bachelor’s degree in sports administration. He’s the son of former Colorado quarterback Sal Aunese and the grandson of former Colorado head coach Bill McCartney, the winningest football coach in team history.
Scangarello enters his first season as the 49ers’ quarterbacks coach after spending the 2016 season as the offensive coordinator at Wagner College. He went to Wagner following the 2015 season as a quality control coach with the Atlanta Falcons. In 2009, Scangarello first entered the NFL coaching ranks as an offensive quality control coach with the Raiders.
A native of Roseville, Calif., Scangarello attended Sacramento State, where he earned a degree in business administration.
Turner begins his first season as the 49ers’ running backs coach after spending the previous two seasons in the same capacity with the Falcons. Prior to his arrival in Atlanta, he spent four years as the assistant head coach and running backs coach for the Redskins. Turner originally entered the NFL with the Broncos in 1995, where he spent 15 seasons as the team’s running backs coach.
Turner received his coaching start at his alma mater, Indiana State University, where he spent eight years holding various positions including offensive backfield, defensive secondary, running backs, special teams coordinator and strength and conditioning coordinator. He would go on to spend six seasons at Fresno State and two years at Ohio State University as the running backs coach.
A native of East Chicago, Indiana, Turner earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana State in health and physical education in 1972 before receiving his master’s degree in education and administration in 1976.
Wright will become the 49ers’ head strength and conditioning coach after serving in the same role for five seasons with the Redskins. Prior to his arrival in Washington, Wright spent eight seasons with the Texans, serving as the team’s assistant strength and conditioning coach from 2002-08 and head strength and conditioning coach in 2009. The Fort Worth, Texas, native played football at Duke from 1990-95.