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Partridge, Ash to lead defense

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Jeff Potrykus
January 19, 2011
— University of Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema put the finishing touches on his staff Tuesday by elevating two assistants—Charlie Partridge and Chris Ash—to co-defensive coordinators and hiring a veteran assistant to coach the team’s linebackers.

Yet the bigger news was that offensive coordinator Paul Chryst and Bielema have agreed to new compensation packages, which must be approved by the UW Board of Regents.


Randy Marnocha, UW’s associate athletic director for business operations, shared that news Tuesday during a meeting of the Finance, Facilities & Operations Committee.


The Board of Regents’ next meeting is set for Feb. 10 and 11.


Chryst’s current annual compensation package is $361,094, which includes a base salary of $305,000. According to UW officials, his new base salary will be $405,000.


Bielema’s annual compensation package for 2010 was $1,781,759, including a base salary of $400,000. According to UW officials, his new compensation package will be about $2.5 million.


The money is scheduled to come from unrestricted gifts funds in the UW Foundation.


Chryst’s name had been linked to several job openings, including the offensive coordinator post at Texas and the head coaching post at Pittsburgh.


He flew to Texas to interview with coach Mack Brown but chose not to accept the offer to run the Longhorns’ offense. Texas reportedly was prepared to pay up to $1 million for a veteran offensive coordinator.


However, sources told the Journal Sentinel throughout the process they expected Chryst would remain at the UW.


Bielema, who last season helped lead UW to a share of its first Big Ten Conference title since 1999, has compiled a 49-16 record in five seasons as head coach.


On Tuesday he announced defensive line coach Partridge and secondary coach Ash have been promoted to co-defensive coordinators. They replace Dave Doeren, a member of Bielema’s first UW staff in 2006, who last month was named head coach at Northern Illinois.


Bielema also hired Dave Huxtable to coach the linebackers.


Huxtable, who has 29 years of coaching experience, comes to UW from Central Florida. He was on the Golden Knights’ staff for the last seven seasons, including the last three as defensive coordinator.


Partridge and Ash were college teammates at Drake and on the same coaching staff at Drake from 1996-’97.


Partridge is entering his fourth season at UW.


Five defensive linemen have received all-Big Ten Conference honors since he joined the staff. That includes first-team picks O’Brien Schofield in 2009 and J.J. Watt in 2010.


Ash is entering his second season at UW.



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