Michigan announced Thursday it has promoted Chris Partridge to linebackers and special teams coach.
Partridge spent the past year as the "director of player personnel in recruiting," a staff position that is not one of the nine full-time assistants jobs.
He was a New Jersey high school coach prior to being hired by head coach Jim Harbaugh in January 2015, and he is considered a key figure in Harbaugh’s successful recruitment of the Garden State.
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The Wolverines already have four New Jersey natives in their 2016 class, including early enrollees Kareem Walker and Ahmir Mitchell. Walker is a five-star running back from DePaul Catholic while Mitchell is a four-star receiver from Egg Harbor Cedar Creek.
Michigan is also widely considered the front-runner for five-star defensive tackle Rashan Gary, the No. 1 prospect in the country and a senior at Paramus Catholic — the school at which Partridge used to be the head coach.
"Chris has a proven track record as a successful coach," Harbaugh said in a news release. "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 served as linebackers coach on an interim basis during bowl practice after defensive coordinator DJ Durkin left to become head coach at Maryland.
"I came to Michigan because I wanted to work with the best and learn from the best," Partridge said. "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."