Missouri Western fires football coach after 20 year run with the Griffons

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.