Napoleon Sykes was hired by head coach Brad Lambert as the 49ers linebackers coach, Jan. 1, 2012. In three seasons with the program, Sykes has helped develop the 49ers from the 2012 red-shirt season through the inaugural season of 2013 to Season Two in 2014.
In 2013, he helped the 49ers defense to rank ninth in the FCS in takeaways (31), fifth in fumbles recovered (16), and 29th in tackles for loss (6.9/gm). OLB Mark Hogan recorded the 49ers historic first touchdown after intercepting a pass and returning it 32 yards. Charlotte added 22 takeaways in 2014 and had 7.0 tackles for loss.
A 2006 graduate of Wake Forest, Sykes spent two years at Navy, in 2010-11. He coached the outside linebackers and secondary.
Sykes was a linebacker and special teams member during his three letter-winning seasons at Wake Forest. Sykes started his coaching career in the summer of 2006 as an assistant coach at his high school alma mater, the Gilman School, in Baltimore and served as the defensive coordinator for the semi-pro Bay Atlantic Sharks (Baltimore, Md.) in the spring of 2007. In 2007, Sykes was a teacher and the co-defensive coordinator at Charlotte’s Mallard Creek H.S.
In 2008, he returned to Wake Forest as the offensive graduate assistant and in 2009 was the defensive graduate assistant before heading to Navy.
"We recruited Napoleon to Wake and he played linebacker and he’s one of those guys - like James Adams - that sat in my office and he knows how we want the players treated," Lambert said. "I saw him as a coach and a player and how he relates to players. He coached high school ball in Charlotte so he brings a lot to the table. "
Sykes and his wife, Christy, gave birth to their son Bodhi in 2013. The family, along with their dog, Lucy, live in Charlotte’s NoDa district.
Wake Forest, 2006
Navy, 2010-11: Outside linebackers (2011); Secondary (2010)
Wake Forest, 2008-09: Defensive Graduate Ass't (2009); Offensive Graduate Ass't (2008)
Mallard Creek H.S. (Charlotte, N.C.), 2007: co-Defensive Coordinator
Bay Atlantic Sharks, 2006: Defensive Coordinator
The Gilman School (Baltimore, Md.), Summer, 2006: Assistant coach
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