Charlie Partridge is in his second season as the defensive line and specialists coach at UW.
In his first year at UW, Partridge led a veteran line. The three senior starters, Matt Shaughnessy, Mike Newkirk and Jason Chapman, all earned All-Big Ten mention while junior O'Brien Schofield, in his first season as a starter at defensive end, tied for the team lead in sacks.
Partridge also worked with the Badgers' kickers last year, both of whom were in their first seasons. Redshirt freshman Philip Welch earned first-team Freshman All-America honors as a kicker, making 20 of his 24 field goal attempts. Punter Brad Nortman averaged 41.8 yards per punt which was fifth-best among freshmen punters in the country.
Partridge, an assistant at Pittsburgh for five years, coached the defensive line for his first four seasons there before switching to linebackers in 2007. He had special teams coaching responsibilities for the last three seasons, including the last two as special teams coordinator for the Panthers.
Pittsburgh ranked No. 5 nationally and led the Big East in total defense last season, allowing just 297.7 yards per game. In addition, the Panthers led their conference and were No. 3 in pass defense, surrendering only 167.3 yards per game. Pittsburgh was fourth in the Big East with nearly three QB sacks per contest. The Panthers' signature defensive effort in 2007 came when they shut down high-powered and No. 1-ranked West Virginia in a 13-9 win that eliminated the Mountaineers from national title contention.
Linebacker Scott McKillop led the Panthers with 151 tackles in 2007 and was named first-team All-Big East. Joe Clermond, a defensive lineman whom Partridge had coached at Pitt, was a second-team All-Big East selection in 2007.
Partridge's special teams units flourished at Pittsburgh. In his first season as special teams coordinator (2006), Pitt led the Big East in net punting (37.54 avg.) and kickoff returns (24.14 avg.). Punter Adam Graessle was an All-Big East selection that season and kick returner Lowell Robinson led the conference and finished ninth nationally with a 27.9-yard average. ESPN's 2006 college football "play of the year" selection was a 73-yard punt return for a touchdown by Pitt's Darrelle Revis against West Virginia. Revis was a first-round draft choice of the New York Jets in 2007.
Prior to his years at Pittsburgh, Partridge served as recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach at Eastern Illinois in 2002. Eastern Illinois qualified for the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs that season after sharing the Ohio Valley Conference title.
Partridge worked for head coach Dan McCarney at Iowa State from 1998-2001. He was a defensive graduate assistant in 1998-99 and worked with outside linebackers. He became the program's director of football operations in 2000.
Partridge was a NSCA All-America defensive lineman (and teammate of UW defensive coordinator Dave Doeren) at Drake. He was a three-year starter and team captain for the Bulldogs before starting his coaching career at his alma mater as a graduate assistant in 1996-97. He coached running backs, including a pair of 1,000-yard rushers, and served as a strength and conditioning coach.
Partridge, a native of Plantation, Fla., earned a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Drake in 1995 and a master's degree in education from Iowa State in 2002. Partridge and his wife, Julie, have two daughters, Alexa and Kylee.