Fullerton Football Alums Help San Francisco to Super Bowl XLVII

FULLERTON, Calif. -- The San Francisco 49ers' quest for a sixth Super Bowl title will be helped along by a pair of Cal State Fullerton football alumni as former assistant coach Ed Donatell and offensive lineman Tim Drevno will be leading the team to New Orleans in search of a record-tying championship.

Donatell, a 21-year NFL coaching veteran who is in his second season as the 49ers' secondary coach, spent the 1989 season as an assistant coach with the Titans for one season under head coach Gene Murphy, helping Fullerton to a 6-4-1 record and a 5-2 mark in Big West Conference play. 

His other stops in the NFL include two stints in Denver (secondary coach in 1995-99 and 2009-10), the New York Jets (special assistant in 2007 and secondary coach from 1990-94), Atlanta (defensive coordinator, 2004-06), and Green Bay (defensive coordinator, 2000-03). He was a member of the Broncos' coaching staffs that won back-to-back Super Bowl titles in 1998 and 1999 and his secondary ranked among the top 10 against the pass in four of his five seasons in Denver.

Donatell's 2004 Falcons squad advanced to the NFC Championship game and led the NFL in sacks (48) for the first time in the history of the franchise and his Packers' teams from 2001-03 led the NFL with 116 takeaways. In 2011, his secondary racked up 22 interceptions (second in the NFL) and had two Pro Bowl selections in safety Dashon Goldson and cornerback Carlos Rogers, while this season, San Francisco ranked fourth in the regular season in passing yards allowed per game (200.2)

He also spent 11 seasons in the collegiate ranks at Pacific (1983-85) and Idaho (1986-88) prior to joining Fullerton's staff and was the defensive coordinator at Washington in 2008. He served as a graduate assistant on staff at Kent State in 1979-80 and with the Huskies in 1981-82.

Drevno is also in his second season with San Francisco as the team's offensive line coach after serving four years alongside 49ers' head coach Jim Harbaugh at Stanford from 2007-10. Relying on an extensive collegiate coaching background that spans two decades, Drevno has also made stops at the University of San Diego (offensive coordinator/offensive line - 2003-06), Idaho (offensive line - 2000-02), San Jose State (offensive line - 1999), UNLV (running backs - 1998), and Montana State (tight ends - 1993-95; running backs - 1996-97).

After two years at El Camino College, where he helped lead the team to a national title in 1987, he was a two-year starter on the offensive line for the Titans in 1990-91 following a redshirt season, graduating from the university with a degree in criminal justice in 1992.

The duo is among a select group of former Titan football coaches who have appeared in the Super Bowl, joining Jim Colletto (Baltimore Ravens), Mike Heimerdinger (Denver Broncos), Greg Robinson (Denver Broncos), and Warren Simmons (Washington Redskins and Atlanta Falcons).


Jim Colletto
    OL Coach     Baltimore     2001     W, 34-7     New York Giants
Mike Heimerdinger
  WR Coach   Denver   1998   W, 31-24   Green Bay Packers
    WR Coach   Denver   1999   W, 34-19   Atlanta Falcons
Greg Robinson
  Def. Coordinator   Denver   1998   W, 31-24   Green Bay Packers
    Def. Coordinator   Denver   1999   W, 34-19   Atlanta Falcons
Warren Simmons
  TE Coach   Washington   1983   W, 27-17   Miami Dolphins
    TE Coach   Washington   1984   L, 38-9   Los Angeles Raiders
    TE Coach    Washington   1988   W, 42-10   Denver Broncos

  TE Coach   Washington   1992   W, 37-24   Buffalo Bills
    TE Coach   Atlanta   1999   L, 34-19   Denver Broncos
Ed Donatell
  Secondary Coach   Denver   1998   W, 31-24   Green Bay Packers
    Secondary Coach   Denver   1999   W, 34-19   Atlanta Falcons
    Secondary Coach   San Francisco   2013   TBD   Baltimore Ravens
Tim Drevno
  OL Coach   San Francisco   2013   TBD   Baltimore Ravens

Mark Collins
  Cornerback   New York Giants   1987   W, 39-20   Denver Broncos
    Cornerback*   New York Giants   1991   W, 20-19   Buffalo Bills
Bobby Kemp
  Safety*   Cincinnati   1982   L, 26-21   San Francisco 49ers
* denotes starter                    


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Wed Jan 17
7:00 PM
Cal State Fullerton
at UC Santa Barbara
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1:30 PM
UC San Diego
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Cal State Fullerton
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3 p.m.
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