Jeff Mullen is in his sixth season as the 49ers’ Offensive Coordinator. As head coach Brad Lambert’s first hire, Mullen helped build the program from his arrival in 2011 through the 2013 inaugural season and onto the 49ers FBS debut in 2015. 2016 will be his fourth season on the sidelines and the 49ers second as a member of Conference USA.
In the 49ers first season at the FBS level, standout running back Kalif Phillips became one of the 49ers first two players to earn all-Conference USA honors. Phillips finished the season with 961 rushing yards to rank fifth in C-USA with a 87.4 rushing average.
In their first two playing seasons, the 49ers averaged 468 yards of total offense and produced the 49ers first 1,000-yard rusher (Kalif Phillips, 1,441 yards) and receiver (Austin Duke, 1,373 yards) as well as a 2013 Jerry Rice Award Finalist for the FCS Top First-Year Player Award (QB Matt Johnson). Offensive lineman Daniel Blitch became the first 49er to be invited to an NFL preseason camp when he was invited to the Carolina Panthers rookie minicamp in May, 2015.
In the first season, the 49ers uptempo attack ranked in the nation’s top 30 in total offense (448.5 yds; 20th), rushing offense (206.8 yds; 26th) and scoring offense (33.4 pts; 27th). Charlotte put up over 500 yards of offense five times. Four of those 500+ games came against FCS scholarship programs, including 501 at #3/#6 ranked Coastal Carolina. The 49ers put up at least 45 points and 450 yards in each of their five wins, scored over 50 points three times and put up 500 or more yards five times. The offense ran 75.2 plays per game with a high of 106 vs. NC Central. The 49ers had 18 touchdown drives that took under 1:30 and six one-play touchdown drives.
In Year Two, the 49ers averaged 487.4 yards of total offense, with 222 yards rushing and 265 yards passing on their way to 38.9 points per game. The 49ers had 22 TD drives of 1:30 or less and seven one-play touchdown drives. Nineteen TDs were on plays of 50 or more yards.
Charlotte has established records of 61 points; 439 rushing yards; 381 passing yards and 684 yards of total offense.
On the day he was introduced as head coach, Brad Lambert hired Jeff Mullen as his Offensive Coordinator and Mullen attended the introductory press conference. He served as the Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach at West Virginia from 2008-10. He worked alongside Lambert at Wake Forest from 2001-07. From 2003-07 he served as Quarterbacks Coach after starting at Wake as the Fullbacks, Tight Ends and Offensive Tackles Coach in 2001-02.
A 1990 graduate of Wittenberg University, Mullen earned all-America honors as a defensive back. He began his 20-year college coaching career at Hawaii in 1991 as the Defensive Graduate Assistant. He moved on to Ohio University, where he earned a master’s degree in Sports Administration, to serve as the Bobcats’ Fullbacks, Tight Ends and Offensive Tackles coach.
During his career he coached quarterback Pat White at West Virginia in 2008. A second-round NFL draft pick, White, who was a senior, led WVU to the Meineke Car Care Bowl, becoming the first starting quarterback in NCAA history to win four bowl games. Mullen also recruited and coached Geno Smith at WVU. In 2010, with Smith at QB, Mullen helped West Virginia to the Co-Big East Championship with an offense that ranked #2 in total offense, #4 in rushing offense and #2 in passing offense in the conference. Smith was the 39th overall pick, going in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
At Wake Forest, Mullen oversaw the development of quarterback Riley Skinner. The ACC Rookie of the Year, Skinner led Wake to the 2006 ACC Championship and a trip to the Orange Bowl as a freshman and led the nation in completion pct. as a sophomore as the Deacons won nine games, including the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte.
“He tutored Riley Skinner as a freshman,” Lambert said. “The way he handled him and the way he worked with him. He’s the kind of person we want handling our players. He has the ability to work with a new quarterback and to groom a new guy. I’ve always been very impressed with that.”
A native of Lima, Ohio, Mullen and his wife Andrea have three children: Nate, Rami and Maggie. They reside in Harrisburg, N.C. Nate, who attended Hickory Ridge High School, signed with the 49ers as a member of the 2015 recruiting class and red-shirted the 2015 campaign.