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49ers promote Trent Baalke to GM

Updated: January 5, 2011, 10:49 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Trent Baalke was promoted to general manager of the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday night.

Now, let the coaching search begin.

Baalke was formally hired as the team's new GM, though he had largely been considered the front-runner for about a week. He will take on more responsibility from his most recent post as vice president of player personnel, including taking the lead on finding a new coach.

With Baalke in place, the Niners are in position to ...

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