Chris Partridge, Ex-Wolverine

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21Nov 2023
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Chris Partridge, Ex-Wolverine

Chris Partridge

Michigan linebackers coach Chris Partridge was fired toward the end of last week, ending his short second tenure in Ann Arbor. He coached an array of squads – special teams, linebackers, and safeties – from 2015-2019 under both D.J. Durkin (2015) and Don Brown (2016-2019) and was also an ace recruiter. He coached both Jabrill Peppers and Rashan Gary in high school, the former of whom signed with Michigan when Partridge was a high school coach and the latter of whom came to the Wolverines after Partridge was already a Wolverine.

From 2020-2022, Partridge worked under Durkin at Ole Miss, and he returned to Ann Arbor this past off-season when Durkin moved on to Texas A&M.

Despite being a great recruiter and generally considered to be an awesome guy, he was let go in the wake of “Sign-gate.” Word leaking out from underground is that he attempted to interfere with the investigation into stealing signs, which largely centered around Connor Stalions. Partridge and Stalions were supposedly pretty tight and knew each other from back when Stalions was volunteering during Partridge’s first stint with the Wolverines.

The loss of Partridge is significant from a recruiting standpoint. It’s unclear whether there will be further punishment coming down from the NCAA. It seems as if impeding an NCAA investigation might warrant some kind of “show cause” for any program trying to hire him, but perhaps they’ll deem the firing a sufficient punishment. Of course, the NCAA moves very slowly, so it may be a while before we find out what they think should be done.

Rick Minter is the new linebackers coach. He was hired as a defensive analyst in the off-season and is the father of defensive coordinator Jesse Minter, along with being a former head coach at Cincinnati.

17Feb 2023
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2023 Michigan Football Staff

Jim Harbaugh

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I lose track of what off-the-field staff members are where, when they’re hired, when they leave, etc. There’s so much movement that it can be hard to keep tabs on them all. So I decided to put them all in one post and update it whenever necessary.

Head coach: Jim Harbaugh*
Offensive coordinator/OL coach: Sherrone Moore
QB coach: Kirk Campbell#
TE coach: Grant Newsome*
RB coach: Mike Hart*
WR coach: Ron Bellamy*
Defensive coordinator: Jesse Minter
Co-defensive coordinator/CB coach: Steve Clinkscale
DL coach: Mike Elston*
LB coach: Chris Partridge#
S coach: Jay Harbaugh

Graduate assistant (QBs): Mimi Bolden-Morris
Graduate assistant (WRs): Andrew Goodrich
Graduate assistant (LBs): LaTroy Lewis
Graduate assistant (OLBs): Dylan Roney
Offensive analyst: Jack Clark
Offensive analyst: Nick Gilbert
Offensive analyst: Bret Ingalls
Offensive analyst: Josh Sinagoga#
Defensive analyst: Doug Mallory*
Defensive analyst: Rick Minter
Special teams analyst: Bradford Banta
Special teams analyst: J.B. Brown
Special teams analyst: Mike Mallory

Director of Strength and Conditioning: Ben Herbert
Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach: Sean Lockwood
Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach: Ben Rabe
Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach: Justin Tress
Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach: Devin Woodhouse

Director of Player Personnel: Tom Gamble
Assistant Director of Player Personnel: Denard Robinson*
Player personnel analyst: Connor Stalions
Director of Recruiting Operations: Albert Karschnia
Director of On Campus Recruiting and Operations: Christina DeRuyter
Assistant Recruiting and Operations Director: Paige Shiver
Director of Player Development: Chris Bryant*

*Former Michigan football player
#Hired following 2022 football season

17Feb 2023
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George Helow, Ex-Wolverine

George Helow (image via 247 Sports)

As has been rumored for a couple weeks, Michigan linebackers coach George Helow has departed from the program. He will be replaced by Chris Partridge (LINK), the former co-defensive coordinator at Ole Miss.

Helow was hired prior to the 2021 season from Maryland. He was expected to coach safeties, but Ronald Bellamy (2021) and then Jay Harbaugh (2022) took the safety coaching position, while Helow coached the linebackers. The linebackers seemed to perform fairly well in 2021, when Josh Ross took a step forward from his terrible 2020 season, but injuries and inexperience led to just a mediocre year in 2022.

While Helow is a decent recruiter, Partridge is an excellent one. And Partridge also developed a reputation as a solid coach when he was in Ann Arbor working under defensive coordinator Don Brown. So this is an upgrade for Michigan.

As for where Helow might be headed next, he was a friend of former defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald, who is now with the Baltimore Ravens. He has also spent time at Colorado State, Georgia, Florida State, and Alabama in the past, so with such a good resume, I’m guessing he will land on his feet somewhere.

8Feb 2023
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Chris Partridge, Wolverine (again)

Chris Partridge

Former Ole Miss co-defensive coordinator Chris Partridge has been officially re-hired by the first FBS program to give him a job, and that’s the Michigan Wolverines.

Partridge was the head coach at Paramus (NJ) Catholic for five years, a school that sent the likes of Jabrill Peppers, Rashan Gary, and Juwann Bushell-Beatty to Michigan. He was then hired in a recruiting role in 2015 before becoming an on-field coach from 2016-2019, working with the safeties, linebackers, and special teams. He was hired away by Lane Kiffin at Ole Miss to be the co-defensive coordinator in 2020 and 2021, but after being let go by the Rebels after the 2022 season, he was in search of a new job.

Partridge’s next role at Michigan is undetermined as of yet . . . or at least Michigan hasn’t released their plans for him. He was announced on Twitter as having joined Michigan’s staff, and while that could be at an analyst position, rumblings suggest that he will be replacing a current coach on the staff. Since he has only ever coached defense, most likely there will be movement on the defensive side of the ball.

Partridge’s most noteworthy asset is probably his recruiting prowess. While at Michigan, he was the primary recruiter for three 5-star players (Gary, Chris Hinton, and Aubrey Solomon) and seventeen 4-star guys (too many to list). Michigan’s recruiting efforts in New Jersey have tailed off some since he left, but I would imagine some of those connections will be renewed now that Partridge is back on the staff.

3Feb 2023
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Kirk Campbell, Wolverine

Kirk Campbell (image via Twitter)

In the wake of quarterbacks coach Matt Weiss getting fired from Michigan for something having to do with computers, Michigan hired Kirk Campbell to be the quarterbacks coach. Campbell spent the 2022 season as an offensive analyst for the Wolverines.

Here’s a brief timeline of Campbell’s career:

2009-2010: WR/TE graduate assistant at West Virginia Wesleyan
2011: WR/TE coach at Tiffin
2012-2016: OC at Alderson-Broaddus
2017-2019: Offensive analyst at Penn State
2020-2021: OC/QB coach at Old Dominion
2022: Offensive analyst at Michigan

One of my former players played offense for Campbell in college and had great things to say about him, even going on to become a high school and college coach himself. (Not that Campbell was the sole reason for that, but at least he didn’t make this kid hate football.)

Overall, it’s tough to glean much from Campbell’s coaching career, considering he’s been an analyst and coaching at smaller schools. It says something that he was reportedly the #1 choice for starting quarterback J.J. McCarthy. It also helps that he has spent seven seasons as a play caller. Even though he likely won’t be calling plays on Saturdays in the Big House, he’s at least qualified to be coaching the quarterback position itself if he can understand how to install and implement an entire offense.

Quarterback coaches under Jim Harbaugh have included Jedd Fisch in 2015-2016 (now head coach at Arizona), Pep Hamilton in 2017-2018 (now offensive coordinator for Houston Texans), Ben McDaniels (now passing game coordinator for Houston Texans), and Weiss. There are mixed reviews for some of those guys, but considering everyone but Weiss has moved up in the world, it’s probably safe to say that Jim Harbaugh can be trusted to find talented quarterback coaches.