Kentwan Balmer
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At a game in Denver in September 2010.
Hampton Pirates
Position:Defensive Line coach
Personal information
Born: (1986-10-15) October 15, 1986 (age 35)
Ahoskie, North Carolina
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:317 lb (144 kg)
Career information
High school:Weldon (NC)
College:North Carolina (2004–2007)
NFL Draft:2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 29
Career history
As a player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As a coach:
  • Shaw University (2015)
    Special Teams Coordinator/Assistant defensive line coach
  • Kipp High School (2016)
    Assistant head coach/defensive coordinator/defensive line coach
  • Virginia University of Lynchburg (2017–2018)
    Assistant head coach/defensive coordinator
  • Samford (2019)
    Defensive anaylist/Assistant defensive line coach
  • Alabama A&M (2020–2021)
    Defensive Ends Coach
  • Hampton (2021–present)
    defensive line coach
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:62
Forced fumbles:0
Fumble recoveries:0
Player stats at

Kentwan Balmer (born October 15, 1986) is a former American football defensive end and current coach for the Hampton Pirates. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft with the 29th overall pick. He played college football at University of North Carolina.

He has also been a member of the Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, and Washington Redskins.

He is formerly was the Defensive Ends Coach at Alabama A&M University.

Coaching career

Virginia University of Lynchburg Head Coach Bobby Rome II name 1st Round draft Pick to the San Francisco 49ers Kentwan Balmer as his Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator.

College career

Balmer started all twelve games at right defensive tackle as a senior, ranking second on the team with 59 tackles (33 solos), including 3.5 sacks for minus 26 yards, 9.5 stops for losses of 44 yards and twenty four quarterback pressures. In 2005, he played 11 games with three starts and 17 tackles (5 for a loss) and 1 sack. As a freshman, he played in nine games and made one tackle.


Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 4+12 in
(1.94 m)
308 lb
(140 kg)
5.11 s 1.80 s 2.99 s 4.82 s 7.65 s 29 in
(0.74 m)
8 ft 7 in
(2.62 m)
33 reps
40-yard dash (and splits) and vertical from UNC Pro Day; others from NFL Combine

Professional career

San Francisco 49ers

Balmer was selected in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft, 29th overall. He was originally drafted as a DT but was moved to DE due to the Niners 3-4 defensive scheme.

On December 9, 2009, Balmer was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. The 49ers later signed Baraka Atkins to take over his position.

Seattle Seahawks

Balmer was traded to the Seattle Seahawks on August 16, 2010 in exchange for a sixth round pick in a future NFL Draft. He was waived on August 24, 2011.

Carolina Panthers

On August 25, Balmer was claimed off waivers by the Carolina Panthers. However, he was waived on September 1.

Washington Redskins

Balmer signed with the Washington Redskins on November 8, 2011. On August 2, 2012, it was reported that he did not show up to training camp two days in a row and his agent has not replied to any inquiries as to Balmer's whereabouts.[1] It was assumed that, Balmer left the team after Redskins officials checked his hotel room and saw that all of Balmer's personal effects were gone.[2] Head coach Mike Shanahan announced that the team had finally made contact with Balmer on August 11, but did not explain the reason for his disappearance or his future with the Redskins.[3]

Nearly two years after he walked away from the team, the Redskins officially terminated his contract on May 30, 2014.[4]

NFL statistics

2008 SF 16 7 6 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2009 SF 11 12 5 7 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010 SEA 16 43 28 15 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Career 43 62 39 23 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2


Personal life

Balmer went to Weldon High School in Weldon, North Carolina, where he played a variety of sports and which is where he decided to go back to and retired his jersey.

Balmer grew up rooting for the 49ers and his father, Charles Balmer, was a 49ers fan.


  1. ^ Jones, Mike (August 2, 2012). "Redskins training camp: Still no word on Kentwan Balmer's whereabouts". Retrieved 2012-08-02.
  2. ^ El-Bashir, Tarik (August 2, 2012). "Balmer 'decided to leave'". Archived from the original on January 20, 2013. Retrieved 2012-08-06.
  3. ^ Alper, Josh (August 12, 2012). "Redskins locate Kentwan Balmer". Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  4. ^ Carroll, Chuck (June 2, 2014). "2 Years Later, Redskins Officially Cut Balmer". Retrieved 2014-06-02.
  5. ^ "Kentwan Balmer Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 26 February 2015.