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NFL: Baalke Named Jacksonville Jaguars General Manager

JACKSONVILLE – The Jacksonville Jaguars announced that Trent Baalke has been named the team’s general manager.

“Trent Baalke has had success at virtually every level of football, notably so as a general manager who shrewdly and quickly built an NFL conference championship organization and team,” said Jacksonville Jaguars Owner Shad Khan. “That experience inspired us to recruit Trent to Jacksonville a year ago to serve as our director of player personnel and is one of many reasons why we are naming Trent as the new general manager of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Trent thoroughly knows the NFL and the dynamics of today’s game, has an exceptional eye for talent and I know will have excellent chemistry with Head Coach Urban Meyer as they begin their mission to bring a consistent winner to our fans in Jacksonville.”

“I would like to thank Shad Khan for the opportunity to continue with the Jacksonville Jaguars as the team’s general manager,” said Baalke. “I look forward to getting to work with Coach Meyer and giving Jaguars fans everywhere the winner they deserve. I am confident that our shared vision will lead our team to success in 2021 and beyond.”

Baalke originally joined the Jaguars in February 2020 as the team’s director of player personnel before being named the interim general manager on Nov. 29, 2020. Prior to arriving in Jacksonville, Baalke spent 12 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, rising from the ranks of western region scout (2005-07) to director of player personnel (2008-09) to vice president of player personnel (2010) to general manager (2011-16). He was named Executive of the Year following the 2011 season by the Pro Football Writers of America and Pro Football Weekly after transforming a 6-10 team into a 13-3 team in his first season as general manager with San Francisco.

During Baalke’s tenure in the Bay Area, the 49ers appeared in three consecutive NFC Championship games (2011-13) and Super Bowl XLVII, while tallying a 5-3 postseason record. After Baalke began overseeing all player acquisitions in 2010, six acquired players accounted for nine All-Pro selections while eight of those players earned Pro Bowl honors. Overall, the 49ers produced 24 All-Pro selections and 35 Pro Bowl nods from 2010-16.

He spent four years with the Washington Football Team’s scouting staff where he served as the college scouting coordinator in his final season. From 2001-03, he served as Washington’s national scout. Baalke started his NFL career as a personnel scout with the New York Jets from 1998-2000.

Prior to his NFL career, Baalke worked as a defensive line and strength and conditioning coach at South Dakota State from 1990-95 before working as the athletic director at Shanley High School in Fargo, N.D., in 1996 and 1997. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at North Dakota State in 1989 helping the team finish with a 14-0 record and Division II National Championship.

The Rosendale, Wis. native earned a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education at Bemidji State (Minn.) where he played outside linebacker and was an All-Northern Sun Conference and All-Midwest Region honoree. He and his wife, Beth, have two daughters, Katy and Cassie.

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