Former Stanford and San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Chris Dalman returned to The Farm as the team's offensive line coach in 2007 and made an immediate impact. Stanford made tremendous strides up front a year ago and much of the credit for Stanford's more potent offense could be traced directly to the vastly improved play of the team's offensive line under the direction of Dalman.
Stanford nearly doubled its point production in 2007 from the previous season and scored 20 or more points in half of its 12 games after reaching the 20-point mark only twice in its previous campaign. Stanford's offensive line gave up fewer sacks than the previous season and also helped power an offense that averaged nearly 100 yards more of total offense per contest than the 2006 group.
Prior to his arrival at Stanford, Dalman spent two seasons as the assistant offensive line coach for an Atlanta Falcons' team that was on the verge of making the playoffs in both campaigns. The Falcons' offensive line was responsible for creating running room for Warrick Dunn, who combined to rush for 2,566 yards during Dalman's two seasons in Atlanta.
Dalman was an English teacher at Palma High School in Salinas, California, and coached football from 2001-04 at the school before joining the Falcons.
He was a four-year starter for Stanford and a member of two bowl teams during his collegiate playing days. Dalman was a junior on Stanford's 1991 Aloha Bowl squad coached by Denny Green that finished the season with an 8-4 mark and was the third-highest scoring team in school history. As a fifth-year senior on the Cardinal's 1992 team coached by Bill Walsh, he helped lead the squad to a 10-3 record and a victory over Penn State in the Blockbuster Bowl. Dalman started 33 games for the Cardinal and was named Second Team All-Pac-10 in 1992. He played in both the East-West Shrine Game and the Hula Bowl in January of 1993 following his collegiate career.
A sixth round draft choice by San Francisco in 1993, Dalman spent his entire NFL playing career from 1993-99 with the 49ers before suffering a career-ending injury during the 2000 training camp. He played in 107 games, starting 64 at center and guard. Dalman captured one Super Bowl ring following the 1994 season in Super Bowl XXIX when San Francisco defeated the San Diego Chargers. He also played in three NFC championship games. San Francisco had winning seasons in each of his first six campaigns with the club and had a 74-38 overall regular season record during the seven years in which he played.
Dalman received his bachelor's degree in political science from Stanford in 1992. He grew up in Salinas and attended Palma High School, where he graduated from in 1988.
Dalman and wife, Yanne, have two children, Kate and Drew.
The Dalman File
Full Name: Chris Dalman Pronunciation: DAHL-men Hometown: Salinas, California High School: Palma College: Stanford, 1992 (B.A., Political Science) Wife: Yanne Children: Kate, Drew Playing Experience: OG/C, San Francisco 49ers (1993-2000); OG/C, Stanford (1988-92) Recruiting Areas: Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas City (Missouri), Missouri, Maine, Nebraska, North Dakota, Northern California, South Dakota
2007: Stanford - Offensive Line 2005-06: Atlanta Falcons - Assistant Offensive Line Coach 2001-04: Palma High School - Assistant Coach