49ers fill three coaching vacancies

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, Last Updated: 4:03 PM ET

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The San Francisco 49ers added three veteran coaches to new head coach Jim Harbaugh's staff for the 2011 season.

Ed Donatell has been named secondary coach, Geep Chryst has been named quarterbacks coach and Jim Leavitt has been tabbed as linebackers coach.

The 53-year-old Donatell has spent the last two seasons as secondary coach for the Denver Broncos after spending the 2008 campaign as the defensive coordinator at the University of Washington.

Donatell also served as the defensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers (2000-03) and Atlanta Falcons (2004-06) during a 32-year coaching career.

Chryst was the tight ends/quality control coach with the Carolina Panthers from 2006-10 and has spent 18 seasons in various capacities as an NFL assistant with four teams.

He was the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach for the San Diego Chargers during Harbaugh's final two seasons as a player in 1999-2000.

The 54-year-old Leavitt comes to the NFL after 30-plus seasons coaching at the collegiate level, including 13 years as the head coach at South Florida.

Leavitt was 95-57 with the Bulls and shepherded the program through its transition to FBS status in 2001 and through its move from Conference USA to the Big East in 2005.

He moved to South Florida from Kansas State, where he was the linebackers coach and then defensive coordinator under Bill Snyder from 1990-95.

The 49ers also promoted Mark Uyeyama to head strength and conditioning coach.


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