Michigan names Chris Partridge linebackers and special teams coach.

Michigan names Chris Partridge linebackers and special teams coach.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Finding your next job sometimes is all about the perfect situation.

That was the case with Chris Partridge, who was named linebackers and special teams coach today by Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh.

"Chris has a proven track record as a successful coach," said Harbaugh in statement from the athletic department. "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 will be replacing former linebackers/defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin, who took Maryland’s head coaching vacancy, and former special teams coach John Baxter, who went back to USC in the same position. Both left after their first season at Michigan.

"I came to Michigan because I wanted to work with the best and learn from the best,” said Partridge, who has been on Harbaugh’s staff since last January. “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."

Formerly, Partridge had been the director of player personnel in recruiting, and filled in as the U-M’s linebackers during the bowl season.

Before coming to Michigan, Partridge was the head coach at Paramus (N.J.) Catholic High School from 2010-14. At Paramus, he coached more than 30 Davison I football players, including Michigan star defensive back Jabrill Peppers.

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