The 49ers on Tuesday announced the hiring of Kris Kocurek as defensive line coach to replace Jeff Zgonina, who was fired from the position he held with the 49ers the past two years.
“Kris has become one of the most respected defensive line coaches in the NFL over the last decade and has a proven track record of helping his players maximize their abilities,” coach Kyle Shanahan said in a statement. “When he recently became available, we acted aggressively to add him to our staff because his philosophy, and the style of play he coaches, fits our scheme and personnel very well. We’re excited to get him in the meeting rooms and onto the field with our players.
“I want to thank Jeff for his hard work and dedication to the 49ers over the last two seasons, as his contributions helped to build the foundation of both our defense and team as a whole. He is not only a good football coach, but also a good man, and we wish him the best personally and professionally.”
Kocurek worked on Adam Gase’s staff with the Miami Dolphins this season. The Jets hired Gase as head coach after the Dolphins fired him.
Kocurek, 40, spent nine seasons as Detroit Lions defensive line coach before moving to Miami.
He was a seventh-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks in 2001. He appeared in just one NFL game with the Tennessee Titans in 2001 before beginning a career in coaching with stops in the college ranks at Texas Tech, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Texas A&M-Commerce, West Texas A&M and Stephen F. Austin.