ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- It was quite the year for Chris Partridge to say the least.
Originally hired in as a recruiting coordinator, it appeared that destiny will eventually find itself giving Partridge an opportunity to be on a collegiate field coaching somehow and someway. Luckily for him, he didn't have to go very far for that opportunity to arise.
With both defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin departing before Michigan's bowl game, an immediate need for a linebackers coach was needed. Luckily for Partridge, U-M coach Jim Harbaugh trusted him enough to get the job done, even if it were a one-game tryout.
Now, with John Baxter departing in the fall, another opportunity came up. This time, Harbaugh gave Partridge the job of linebackers and assistant special teams coach. For Partridge, on the field is right where he wants to be.
"It doesn't get any better for me," Partridge said. "This is awesome, I'm on the field and doing what I love. I'm coaching, I'm getting after it. You attack any role you have, I attacked last year like it was the best role that I would ever have and now I have a new one. Maybe I like this one a little better but I'm going to attack it 110% and do whatever I can for the team and whatever they ask of me."
Sometimes you just have to put your trust in the process and believe it will work out for the better. Sure, Partridge took a risk by leaving an up-and-coming powerhouse high school football program in New Jersey to tackle an administration job in Ann Arbor. But sometimes patience is key and placing your trust in the head men to find the right opportunity.
It appears it worked out well.
"You work hard, and I want to be a coach, and he knew that," Partridge said. "You work hard and you get those opportunities but, in your heart, this is the place I wanted to be. I put my trust in him and knowing I wanted to coach for Jim Harbaugh and I wanted to be at Michigan and I believe in this place. Fortunately, it worked out. I had to make a decision on what path to take and who to put your trust into. I believed in him, and here, and fortunately it worked out and I'm on the field now."