Coaches

Dwaine Board
Defensive Line
College:
North Carolina A&T
Hometown:
Rocky Mount, VA
Experience:
19

Seattle made significant moves prior to the 2003 season to shore up a defense that had ranked last against the run in 2002. One of the most important moves was hiring former San Francisco 49ers defensive line coach Dwaine Board on January 29, 2003.

Since 2005, his linemen have helped Seattle rank second in the NFL with 136 sacks. Rocky Bernard’s 15.5 sacks in that span leads the league among interior linemen.
Board will work in to the rotation first-round pick Lawrence Jackson and fourth-round pick Red Bryant, in addition to the continued development of Brandon Mebane.

His group generated 36 sacks in 2004, and in 2005, his unit contributed 32.5 of Seattle’s NFL-leading 50 sacks on the season. They also allowed only one 100-yard rusher, set the franchise mark allowing only 94.4 rushing yards per game (5th NFL) and was second in the NFL allowing only five rushing touchdowns. Board saw the emergence of free agent pick-up Bryce Fisher have a career-high 9.0 sacks and Bernard finish with a career-high 8.5 sacks, good for second among NFL interior linemen.

Seattle made significant moves prior to the 2003 season to shore up a defense that had ranked last against the run in 2002. One of the most important moves was hiring former San Francisco 49ers defensive line coach Dwaine Board on January 29, 2003.

 

Since 2005, his linemen have helped Seattle rank second in the NFL with 136 sacks. Rocky Bernard’s 15.5 sacks in that span leads the league among interior linemen.
Board will work in to the rotation first-round pick Lawrence Jackson and fourth-round pick Red Bryant, in addition to the continued development of Brandon Mebane.

 

His group generated 36 sacks in 2004, and in 2005, his unit contributed 32.5 of Seattle’s NFL-leading 50 sacks on the season. They also allowed only one 100-yard rusher, set the franchise mark allowing only 94.4 rushing yards per game (5th NFL) and was second in the NFL allowing only five rushing touchdowns. Board saw the emergence of free agent pick-up Bryce Fisher have a career-high 9.0 sacks and Bernard finish with a career-high 8.5 sacks, good for second among NFL interior linemen.

 

Board made an immediate impact in his first season, helping improve Seattle’s run defense from last in the NFL in 2002 to 19th in 2003, the second-greatest turnaround in the NFL behind New England. He also helped the club rank fourth in the NFC (T7th NFL) with 41 sacks.

 

Board was part of a 49ers defensive staff in 2002 that designed a defense that ranked second in the NFC (7th NFL) against the run allowing an average of 103.3 yards per game. Board’s line also contributed to a defense that ranked fourth in the NFC (7th NFL) in sacks, while coaching DT Bryant Young to his fourth Pro Bowl.

 

Before joining Seattle, Board previously served 23 years in the 49ers’ organization, 10 as a player (1979-88) and 13 as a coach. He began his coaching career in 1990 as a San Francisco defensive line assistant before being promoted to defensive line coach in 1994.
In 17 seasons as a coach, Board has sent players to 10 Pro Bowls, including Dana Stubblefield who was named 1997 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

 

Board and Mike Holmgren were on the same 49ers coaching staff from 1990-91.
In 2001, Board’s defensive line was anchored by three-time Pro Bowler Young and the return of Stubblefield. He also tutored rookie lineman Andre Carter, who led the team in sacks with 6.5.

 

The 2000 season was led by Bryant Young and Brentson Buckner, who combined for 16.5 sacks. Young was the bright spot of Board’s 1999 defensive line. Returning to the starting lineup after a career-threatening injury in 1998, Young recorded 11 sacks, was voted NFL Comeback Player of the Year by the Associated Press and was selected to his second Pro Bowl. Under Board, the 1998 defensive unit recorded 51.0 sacks to rank second in the NFL, including Chris Doleman’s 15.0 that ranked second in the NFC (3rd NFL). Board was a factor in the development of Stubblefield in 1997, who was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year after a career-high 15.0 sacks.

 

A member of four world championship 49ers teams as a player and coach, Board recorded 61.0 career sacks and eight more in the postseason from 1979-88. His four tackles, two sacks and constant pressure in Super Bowl XIX, earned him Defensive Player of the Game honors in San Francisco’s 38-16 win over Miami.

 

A graduate of Franklin County (Va.) High, Board was a three-time All-America selection at North Carolina A&T and a fifth-round draft choice of the Steelers in 1979.
Following his release by Pittsburgh, Board signed with the 49ers and registered a team-leading seven sacks as a rookie in 1979. He retired following the 1988 campaign, after joining the Saints in midseason.

 

Born November 29, 1956 in Rocky Mount, Va., “Pee Wee” and his wife, Lynne, have three daughters, Camille, Allie and Tessa Raine.

 

Career History:


1990-93   San Francisco 49ers-Defensive Line Assistant


1994-02   San Francisco 49ers-Defensive Line Coach


2003-       Seattle Seahawks- Defensive Line Coach

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