Partridge Announced as FAU Head Coach


FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas defensive line coach Charlie Partridge has been named Florida Atlantic’s next head coach.

The school announced Partridge’s hiring Monday morning, two days after the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported the Plantation, Fla., native had been offered the position. Partridge replaces former coach Carl Pelini, who resigned on Oct. 30. He will be formally introduced during a press conference at the school Tuesday morning.

It will be Partridge’s first head coaching job after working at Arkansas, Wisconsin, Pittsburgh, Eastern Illinois, Iowa State and Drake as an assistant over his career. He had been a part of coach Bret Bielema’s staff at Arkansas and Wisconsin for the past five years and also played at Drake with Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash.

Partridge’s departure leaves Bielema with a vacancy on his staff. Partridge is widely regarded as a strong recruiter, whose ties to South Florida helped Arkansas pull players like Alex Collins and Denver Kirkland out of the state for its 2013 signing class. Partridge also helped to develop an Arkansas defensive line that produced second-team All-Southeatern Conference defensive ends Chris Smith and Trey Flowers.

Partridge became the fifth Arkansas assistant to land a head coaching job in the past three years.

Garrick McGee (Alabama-Birmingham) and John L. Smith (Weber State) left the Arkansas staff for head coaching positions after the 2011 season. Smith returned a few months later to lead the Razorbacks in 2012. Paul Haynes (Kent State) and Paul Petrino (Idaho) became head coaches after the 2012 season.

— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau