The 49ers on Friday announced the first six appointments to Kyle Shanahan’s staff, including four assistant coaches on offense.
Jon Embree, who served two seasons as head coach at Colorado, will join the 49ers as assistant head coach/tight ends. Rich Scangarello will coach quarterbacks, while Bobby Turner replaces Tom Rathman as running backs coach. T.C. McCartney re-joins the 49ers as an offensive assistant.
In addition, Ray Wright was tabbed as head strength and conditioning coach, and Nick Kray was hired as administrative assistant to the head coach.
Embree, 51, worked with Shanahan during the 2010 season with Washington. He moved on to Colorado, where he compiled a 4-21 record in two seasons as the head coach. Embree returned to the NFL with Cleveland in 2013 and Tampa Bay from 2014 to ’16.
Scangarello, 44, leaves his post as Wagner offensive coordinator to join the 49ers. He spent the 2015 season with the Falcons as a quality control assistant. His duties included assisting the offensive line coach with weekly run-game preparation, coordinating the defensive scout team for the offense, as well as breaking down film of upcoming opponents.
Scangarello is a native of Roseville, a graduate of Sacramento State, and a former offensive coordinator at UC Davis.
Turner, 67, is a long-time fixture on Mike Shanahan's offensive staffs. He worked for 15 seasons with the Broncos before serving as Washington’s running backs coach from 2011 to ’14. Turner spent the past two seasons with Kyle Shanahan at the Falcons.
“I made a commitment to Bobby Turner a long time ago that if I got a head-coaching job I was going to take him with me, regardless of where that was," Shanahan said on Thursday.
Shanahan said he wanted to retain Rathman on his staff but did not disclose what position he would offer.
“I love Tom Rathman. He’s a hero of mine, and I know what kind of coach he is," Shanahan said. "I’m trying hard to get him to be here in whatever other role he wants. But I know Tom. Tom is a running backs coach. I’m going to try my hardest to keep him here. It’s definitely going to be up to him. But I’m going to have to do some convincing.”
McCartney, 27, worked with Kyle Shanahan during the 2014 as a quality control coach with the Cleveland Browns. He served in the same role with the 49ers in 2015. Last year, he was an offensive assistant at LSU. He is the son of former Colorado quarterback Sal Aunese and the grandson of former Colorado head coach Bill McCartney.
Wright, 45, to replace Mark Uyeyama at the head of the team’s strength and conditioning program. Wright last worked in the NFL with Washington from 2010 to ’15. Kyle Shanahan worked on the staff of his father, Mike Shanahan, from 2010 to ’13 with Washington. Kyle Shanahan also worked with Wright with the Houston Texans in 2008 and ’09. Wright spent six years total with the Texans.
Kray, 31, joins the 49ers after serving as the assistant director of football operations at North Carolina State University for two seasons (2015-16). Prior to his time at N.C. State, Kray worked at Ball State (2014), Yale (2012-13), Villanova (2010-11), and Eastern Illinois (2008-09).