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Hello, old friend: Tomsula eyeing Thomas McGaughey for special teams spot

The 49ers are looking at Thomas McGaughey, who coached alongside Jim Tomsula in NFL Europe, for the role of special teams coordinator.
The 49ers are looking at Thomas McGaughey, who coached alongside Jim Tomsula in NFL Europe, for the role of special teams coordinator. AP

The 49ers are looking at ex-Jets special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey for the same role in San Francisco, a league source confirmed. The team’s interest in McGaughey first was noted by FOX Sports, which also was first to report that former 49ers special teams coach Brad Seely will join the Raiders’ staff.

The Raiders announced they had signed Seely Tuesday afternoon. The 49ers have not yet announced any hires to Jim Tomsula’s staff.

McGaughey was LSU’s special teams coordinator from 2011-13 and was on that school’s national championship team in 2011. He did not overlap with 49ers return man Trindon Holliday, who was drafted in 2010. McGaughey joined the Jets last season. New York fired Rex Ryan at the end of the year and hired Todd Bowles in his place.

Prior to LSU, McGaughey was an assistant special teams coach with the Giants and Broncos.

McGaughey has a connection to new head coach Jim Tomsula that goes back more than a decade and spans a different continent. Both were on the Scottish Claymores coaching staff in 2002; Tomsula coached the defensive line while McGaughey coached special teams and defensive backs.

Tomsula is believed to be looking at other assistants who coached alongside him in NFL Europe.

Jets under McGaughey in 2014

Field goals: t-3rd (32)

Net punting: 7th (42.2)

Kickoff returns: 19th (23.1 yard avg.)

Punt returns: 30th (6.3)

Opponent’s KR: 7th (21.8)

Opponent’s PR 23rd (10.0)

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