ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- On Thursday, The Michigan Insider learned that Chris Partridge would stay on the Michigan staff in an increased role after former defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin courted Partridge for a spot on the Maryland staff.
Partridge's role within the football program how now become more clear.
U-M announced on Thursday that Partridge will serve as the linebackers coach during the upcoming bowl game. The Wolverines needed to find a position coach replacement as Durkin also coached linebackers alongside defensive coordinator duties. Partridge joined Harbaugh's staff as Director of Player Personnel in January, 2015 and has served in that role throughout the season.
“Chris has a proven track record as a successful coach,” said Harbaugh in a statement. “He brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to his work as our Director of Player Personnel. I know that same passion will be exhibited on the field.”
Prior to arriving in Ann Arbor, Partridge served as head coach in New Jersey's Paramus Catholic High School for five seasons. He has also served as defensive line coach and assistant to the special teams coordinator with The Citadel and was a secondary coach at his alma mater, Lafayette College.
Plans for the defensive coordinator position for the bowl game have yet to be announced.