Ole Miss announces hire of 3 new assistant coaches, including 2 former national recruiters of the year
Lane Kiffin’s Ole Miss staff has nearly doubled in size in the new year as the Rebels just announced the official hires of three new assistant coaches.
Ole Miss has hired former Maryland coach D.J. Durkin, Michigan special teams coordinator Chris Partridge and Texas A&M tight ends coach Joe Jon Finley to join Kiffin’s first-year staff in Oxford.
Interestingly, Ole Miss has not assigned specific job roles to these three coaches in their announcement of the hires. Finley will likely serve as the Rebel tight ends coach and Partridge as the program’s defensive coordinator.
The Rebels had previously announced the hires of offensive coordinator and quarterback’s coach Jeff Lebby, offensive line coach Randy Clements, special teams coordinator Blake Gideon and former FAU running backs coach Kevin Smith.
One note to make with these hires, Durkin and Partridge have both previously been named national recruiters of the year for their ability to lock down talent on the recruiting trail. Partridge was considered by many to be Jim Harbaugh’s best recruiter at Michigan.
Durkin was Maryland head coach from 2016 to 2017 and previously served as the defensive coordinator at Michigan and Florida. Before coaching at Texas A&M, Finley coached tight ends for Missouri.