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Tomsula to add former Rhein Fire colleague to 49ers staff

Steve Logan spent 11 seasons as East Carolina’s head coach. He also served as Jim Tomsula’s offensive coordinator in 2006 with the Rhein Fire.
Steve Logan spent 11 seasons as East Carolina’s head coach. He also served as Jim Tomsula’s offensive coordinator in 2006 with the Rhein Fire. Raleigh News & Observer

The 49ers are expected to add Steve Logan to Jim Tomsula's offensive staff, a league source confirmed today. Logan served as Tomsula's offensive coordinator with the Rhein Fire in 2006, but it's unknown at this point which spot Logan would fill with San Francisco. Logan likely will end up either as the team’s offensive coordinator or quarterbacks coach.

News of the team's interest in Logan first was reported by CSN Bay Area.

Logan, 61, spent three seasons in NFL Europe. He and Tomsula were on the Berlin Thunder staff in 2004 and 2005. Logan coached the wide receivers and quarterbacks while Tomsula was the defensive coordinator.

The next season Tomsula was promoted to head coach of the Rhein Fire and Logan ran the offense. Rhein started out the season 4-0 but ultimately finished 6-4 and in third place in the six-team developmental league.

Logan spent 14 seasons at East Carolina University, serving first as the school's running backs coach and eventually becoming the head coach for 11 seasons. He helped coach two quarterbacks, Jeff Blake and David Garrard, who would end up playing in the NFL.

Following his stint in NFL Europe, Logan was Boston College's offensive coordinator where he coached Matt Ryan, who would go on to become the third overall pick in the 2008 draft. Logan also was in charge of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ running backs from 2009-11. He has been out of coaching since then.

Tomsula has filled a number of positions on his staff, but a prominent vacancy is offensive coordinator.

They pursued Adam Gase for the spot and had hoped to interview Rob Chudzinski. Gase, however, ended up with the Bears while Chudzinski today received a promotion from the Colts and will remain in Indianapolis.

The 49ers could promote Geep Chryst to offensive coordinator. He was the team's quarterbacks coach the last four seasons. He served San Diego's offensive coordinator in 1999 and 2000.

The Chargers offense finished 26th and 28th respectively those years and was last in rushing in 2000. Chryst also drew up plays for the 49ers in recent years, the most notable of which culminated with Vernon Davis catching a dramatic touchdown at the end of the 49ers' divisional playoff victory against the Saints in 2012.

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