Chris Partridge has proven to be an invaluable part of the Michigan football program since coming on as director of player personnel for recruiting. Head coach Jim Harbaugh has gone as far as saying that he would do whatever it takes to convince Partridge to remain with the Wolverines and on Thursday, that all came to fruition.
Harbaugh has promoted Partridge to special teams coach to go along with his current duties as linebackers coach, which he took over on an interim basis prior to the Citrus Bowl.
“Chris has a proven track record as a successful coach,” Harbaugh said in a statement. “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 brought into the Michigan program by Harbaugh prior to the 2015 season. He had previously served as head coach at Paramus (N.J.) Catholic, which happens to be the high school that the current No. 1 ranked recruit in the nation, Rashan Gary, attends.
Many think that the Wolverines are the current favorite to land Gary on National Signing Day, and the promotion of Partridge can only help.
“I came to Michigan because I wanted to work with the best and learn from the best,” Partridge said in the release. “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 incredibility institution.”