With the 2020 Ole Miss football season just around the corner, OHT is looking at the new faces among Lane Kiffin’s revamped Rebels coaching staff.
Rebels fans are ready for the Lane Kiffin edition of Ole Miss football. The anticipation for what could possibly lay ahead for the Ole Miss program has driven most Rebels into a frenzy. The Lane Train is exciting and it isn’t just because Lane Kiffin can coach on the field. Kiffin began making changes as soon as he was named head coach in early December.
One of the first things Lane Kiffin did when The Lane Train docked in Oxford was overhauling the staff. Rebels fans watched as Kiffin pieced together a staff that has shown success in each of their previous landing spots. One of the keys to a great football program is dynamics and Kiffin has proven he can put together a great staff. OHT looked at Co-DC DJ Durkin and now OHT looks at Co-DC Chris Partridge.
Know Coach Partridge
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Coach Chris Partridge is a perfect example of what great coaching truly is. A great young coach with a lot of potential and a desire and dedication to making programs better. Once one sees what he has done in a short period of time it’s easy to know why Lane Kiffin chose him as part of his new staff in Oxford.
Chris Partridge found his way to Ole Miss from a very successful Michigan program where he served in a variety of capacities. Partridge began at Michigan as director of player personnel in 2015 then as special team coordinator for four seasons while also mentoring linebackers. Partridge spent his last two seasons working with the safeties.
Over the past several seasons the Michigan defense was dominant, ranking at the top of the nation in several categories. In 2018 the Michigan defense ranked 2nd in the nation in both total defense and pass defense. That same season the Michigan defense allowed just 14 passing TDs and racked up 11 INTs.
Another very promising aspect of coach Chris Partridge is the fact he is a tremendous recruiter and was effective enough to garner the attention of the college football media world. For three consecutive years, Partridge was one of the best recruiters in the nation and drew the honors that proved it. According to OleMissSports.com,
"“Partridge was named National Recruiter of the Year by Scout in 2016 and received the same honor from 247Sports in 2017. He was ranked a top-five recruiter again in 2019 by 247.” ~OleMissSports.com"
Prior to his time in Ann Arbor Partridge was the head coach at Paramus Catholic High School in New Jersey from 2010 thru 2014. During that time he produced the No.4 team in the nation per USAToday and No.1 in the state of New Jersey coaching over 30 D-I players as well as a number of All-Americans. When Partridge took over Paramus ranked No.4,250 in the nation and 112th in New Jersey.
Before serving as head coach at Paramus Partridge was defensive line coach and special teams assistant at The Citadel. Prior to The Citadel Partridge was the secondary coach and assistant to the special teams coordinator at Lafayette College where he graduated.
Ole Miss fans are looking toward a successful season and it will hinge greatly on the new staff and coaches like Chris Partridge. OHT wants to greet coach Chris Partridge to the Ole Miss football program and to Oxford. Be sure to check back here for more profiles on the new staff members and more Rebel news and updates. Stay safe and as always, Hotty Toddy!