Partridge to coach UM special teams, linebackers

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

Last month Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh called Chris Partridge a “rising superstar” in coaching.

Partridge, who last season was director of Michigan’s player personnel, coached the team’s linebackers during the bowl season and now officially is part of the coaching staff. He will handle linebackers and special teams, filling a void in the staff after John Baxter, the special teams coach, left for USC.

Michigan announced the staff change Thursday.

“Chris has a proven track record as a successful coach,” Harbaugh said in a release. “He has brought a lot of energy and enthusiasm to his work as our director of player personnel. I know that same passion will be exhibited in his work with our student-athletes.”

Partridge was head coach of New Jersey’s Paramus Catholic High for five seasons beginning in 2010 before joining Harbaugh’s staff.

“I came to Michigan because I wanted to work with the best and learn from the best,” Partridge said. “I couldn’t have a better mentor than Coach Harbaugh, who shares my vision that the student athletes come first. I am honored by his confidence and for the opportunity to continue to serve this incredible institution.”

Harbaugh lost two assistants from his first Michigan staff. Defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin is now Maryland’s head coach, and Baxter returned to USC, where he previously had coached. Don Brown, formerly the defensive coordinator at Boston College, was hired to replace Durkin.