San Francisco 49ers hire Baalke as general manager

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The San Francisco 49ers have named Trent Baalke as their general manager and are set to begin the process of hiring a new coach.

"Trent has done an exceptional job in his role as vice president of player personnel and throughout his tenure with the 49ers," team president Jed York said in a statement on San Francisco's website (www.49ers.com).

The new coach will succeed Mike Singletary who was fired after the 49ers went 6-10 and missed the playoffs for the eighth consecutive season.

Baalke, 46, replaced Scot McCloughan who left in March. He worked as a scout for the New York Jets and Washington Redskins before joining the 49ers in 2005 as a regional scout.

He served as director of player personnel from 2008-09 and had been in charge of all personnel decisions since McCloughan's departure.

(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina)