Missouri Western State University has fired long-time football coach Jerry Partridge, ending 20 seasons at the helm of the Griffons. Partridge, by all measures, was a success at the St. Joseph school, amassing an overall record of 149-83 (117-68) in the MIAA, but the Griffons success was frequently overshadowed by the national powerhouse up the road, with Northwest Missouri State University rising to the pinnacle of Division 2 football under Head Coach Mel Tjeerdsma.
Partridge’s firing as announced by MWSU Athletic Director Kurt McGuffin. Prior to becoming head coach at Missouri Western in 1997, Partridge served as defensive coordinator of the Griffons for five seasons under Coach Stan McGarvey. Patridge has assistant coaching experience at Murray State and Austin Peay, beginning his career as a graduate assistant at Notre Dame and Mizzou.
Missouri Western says a national search will begin immediately for Partridge’s replacement.