ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- With Chris Partridge becoming a linebackers and assistant special teams coach on staff this season, it forced Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh to look for another potential dynamic recruiter that could possibly have the same type of impact Partridge had on the program in one season.
And, yet again, Harbaugh has found a replacement from the NFL ranks.
U-M announced on Thursday that it has hired Tony Tuioti to become the Wolverines' Director of Player Personnel. Tuioti was previously a defensive quality control coach, working with the defensive line, for the Cleveland Browns for two seasons.
A four-year letterman at Hawaii, he spent six seasons involved with his alma mater working with various aspects of the team. Starting a director of player personnel in 2008, defensive tackles coach in 2010 and linebackers coach in 2012. Tuioti was the lead recruiter for Hawaii.
During his playing career, Tuioti was an All-WAC defensive lineman and is also one of two former Rainbow Warriors to win WAC championships as a player and a coach.