SANTA CLARA (CBS SF) — The San Francisco 49ers have promoted longtime defensive line coach Jim Tomsula to be the team’s next head coach.

The 49ers confirmed the hire in a press release Wednesday afternoon after ESPN reporter Adam Schefter first reported the story.

The 46-year-old Tomsula becomes the 19th head coach in San Francisco 49ers history, replacing Jim Harbaugh, who stepped down as the 49ers head coach last month to become the new coach at the University of Michigan.

“After conducting a thorough coaching search, and meeting with a number of outstanding candidates, Jim Tomsula clearly is the right man to lead this team,” said 49ers CEO Jed York in a press release. “Jim is a great teacher and a tremendous mentor who conducts himself with great class and integrity.”

“We have had the privilege of working alongside Jim for the past eight seasons,” said 49ers general manager Trent Baalke in the statement. “He is a proven leader, teacher and mentor, and we look forward to seeing him apply his craft and vision to our team.”

The 49ers said Tomsula would be formally introduced at a press conference Thursday afternoon at Levi’s Stadium.

Tomsula has been the 49ers defensive line coach since 2007, as took over as interim head coach for the final game of the 2010 season. In 2006, he served as head coach for Rhein Fire of the now-defunct NFL Europa league.

Terms of Tomsula’s deal were not immediately available.

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