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Robert Saleh
San Francisco 49ers
Position:Defensive coordinator
Personal information
Born: (1979-01-31) January 31, 1979 (age 40)
Dearborn, Michigan
Career information
High school:Dearborn (MI) Fordson
College:Northern Michigan
Career history
As coach:
* Michigan State (2002–2003)
Defensive assistant
Career highlights and awards
* Super Bowl champion (XLVIII)

Robert Saleh (born January 31, 1979) is an American football coach who is the defensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He has previously coached linebackers for the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars.[1][2][3]

Early yearsEdit

Saleh was born in Dearborn, Michigan and is a 1997 graduate of Fordson High School.[1][3] He attended Northern Michigan University from 1998 to 2002, where he earned a degree in finance and was a four-year starter, earning all-conference honors as a tight end.[1][4]

Coaching careerEdit

CollegeEdit

Saleh began his coaching career at the collegiate level in 2002. He spent four years working as a defensive assistant with Michigan State University (2002–03), Central Michigan University (2004)[4] and the University of Georgia (2005).[1]

Houston TexansEdit

In 2005, Saleh was hired as an intern with the Houston Texans, working with the defensive unit.[5] In February 2006, he was retained in Gary Kubiak's staff as a defensive quality control coach under defensive coordinator Richard Smith.[5][6][7] In January 2009, he was promoted to assistant linebackers coach.[8][9]

Seattle SeahawksEdit

In February 2011, Saleh was hired as the defensive quality control coach for the Seattle Seahawks under Pete Carroll.[10] He spent three seasons with the Seahawks, including their 2013 championship season when they defeated the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.[3]

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

Following the Seahawks' championship, Saleh was named linebackers coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars under head coach Gus Bradley.[1][2]

San Francisco 49ersEdit

On February 13, 2017, Saleh was named defensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers under head coach Kyle Shanahan.[11]

Coaching treeEdit

NFL head coaches under whom Robert Saleh has served:

Personal lifeEdit

Saleh and his wife, Sanaa, have four sons and two daughters.[2] Following the Super Bowl victory, Saleh’s hometown of Dearborn honored him with a key to the city and a proclamation for his achievements.[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Robert Saleh". Jacksonville Jaguars. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. https://web.archive.org/web/20140715034800/https://www.jaguars.com/team/coaches/Robert-Saleh/437caa88-1a4f-4f20-9883-079c3d9fe995. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 O'Halloran, Ryan (February 15, 2014). "Jaguars Insider: New LB coach Robert Saleh eager to work with Paul Posluszny". The Florida Times-Union. Archived from the original on December 3, 2015. https://web.archive.org/web/20151203052318/https://www.jacksonville.com/sports/football/jaguars/2014-02-15/story/jaguars-insider-new-linebackers-coach-saleh-eager-work.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Slezak, Joe (February 12, 2014). "Dearborn honors Seahawks Super Bowl champion coach Robert Saleh". The Oakland Press. http://www.theoaklandpress.com/general-news/20140212/dearborn-honors-seahawks-super-bowl-champion-coach-robert-saleh.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Kelly Completes Coaching Staff". January 23, 2004. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. https://web.archive.org/web/20140715042438/http://centralmichigan.scout.com/2/227506.html.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Texans add four coaches to staff". USA Today. February 2, 2006. http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/2006-02-02-coaches-notebook_x.htm.
  6. McClain, John (February 9, 2006). "Texans to keep Carr through 2008 season". Houston Chronicle. http://www.chron.com/sports/texans/article/Texans-to-keep-Carr-through-2008-season-1909556.php.
  7. McClain, John (February 3, 2006). "Kubiak adds 3 assistants to Texans' coaching staff". Houston Chronicle. http://www.chron.com/sports/texans/article/Kubiak-adds-3-assistants-to-Texans-coaching-staff-1875016.php.
  8. "Transactions". Times-Union (Warsaw, Indiana): p. 12. January 29, 2009. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=cMg_AAAAIBAJ&sjid=DlgMAAAAIBAJ&pg=3801,5264272&dq=robert-saleh&hl=en.
  9. McClain, John (January 29, 2009). "Texans re-sign Gibbs, promote four coaches". Houston Chronicle. http://www.chron.com/sports/texans/article/Texans-re-sign-Gibbs-promote-four-coaches-1641966.php.
  10. O'Neill, Danny (February 25, 2011). "Seahawks hire Carl Smith as quarterbacks coach". Seattle Times. http://seattletimes.com/html/seahawks/2014335313_hawk26.html.
  11. Sessler, Marc (February 17, 2017). "Robert Saleh hired as 49ers' defensive coordinator". Around the NFL. National Football League. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000785608/article/robert-saleh-hired-as-49ers-defensive-coordinator. Retrieved January 25, 2019.
  12. Klemko, Robert (June 6, 2017). "Robert Saleh: The Road from 9/11 to the 49ers". Sports Illustrated. https://www.si.com/mmqb/2017/06/06/robert-saleh-49ers-defensive-coordinator-arab-american. Retrieved December 16, 2018.

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