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Jerry Partridge enters his first season as defensive coordinator/linebackers coach at Delta State University. The veteran coach joined Todd Cooley's staff on March 16, 2017.

Partridge spent the past 20 seasons as head coach of the Griffons at Missouri Western State University, compiling a 149-83 overall record and a 117-68 mark in the highly competitive Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association. In his time at MWSU, he directed the program to 10 postseason appearances, including four trips to the NCAA Division II playoffs and six Mineral Bowl games. He is the all-time winningest coach in Griffons' football history.

In 2003 and 2012, Partridge led the Griffons to MIAA championships while capturing MIAA Conference Coach of the Year honors. His 2012 club finished the year ranked No. 5 in the American Football Coaches Association's Top 25 Poll.

Student-athletes accumulated more than 200 MIAA All-Conference honors and MIAA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll selections during his 20 seasons at MWSU. A total of 14 Griffons were named NCAA All-Americans while 24 garnered All-Region status.

Partridge's coaching career has included stints at the University of Missouri (GA/1986-87), University of Notre Dame (GA/1988-89), Austin Peay State University (DC/1990), and Murray State University (DB/1996). He also served as the defensive coordinator at MWSU from 1991-1995.

A 1986 graduate of Missouri Western State, Partridge also holds a master's degree in sports administration from the University of Missouri.  

Partridge and his wife, Pam, have two children, Travis and Lindsey.

Recreation and Tourism Management in 2009.



Kelvin O. Green enters his fourth season as an assistant at Delta State University under head coach Todd Cooley. Green comes from Columbia High School out of Atlanta, Ga. where he served as the offensive line coach from 2009-2012 and defensive coordinator from 2010-2011. Columbia recorded their first winning season in years and first playoff berth in 10 seasons while Green served as defensive coordinator.

Green lettered one year at Georgia Military College in 2004-2005 before transferring to Clemson University to complete his degree in 2007. Green graduated from Clemson with a Bachelor’s in Park, Recreation and Tourism Management in 2009.



Jesse Thompson is in his first season with the Delta State football program in charge of coaching the secondary.

Thompson brings over 11 years of coaching experience at the collegiate and high school levels to the Delta, coming to the Delta after a stint as the co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Virginia Union University in 2016. Thompson was also responsible for opponent breakdown, special teams game plan and depth chart, and playbook development.

Prior to Virginia Union, the Meridian, Miss., native spent five seasons at Oklahoma Panhandle State in Goodwell, Okla., closing his stint as the defensive coordinator in 2015. Thompson served as safeties coach/special teams coordinator in 2014, defensive coordinator/secondary coach from 2012-2014 and secondary/strength and conditioning coach from 2009-2012.

Thompson led OPSU defenses ranked fourth nationally in sacks and tackles for loss in 2015 and first in pass efficiency, fifth in total defense and 16th in pass defense in 2016.  In 2011, the Aggies’ secondary ranked second nationally in total defense and pass defense.

Thompson served a brief stint as a defensive assistant at the University of Louisiana LaFayette from May 2014 to August 2014 in between Oklahoma Panhandle State assignments. His responsibilities included inside linebackers while recruiting the Fort Worth and Dallas, Texas area.

Early coaching career stops included Kemper County High School (Defensive Coordinator, 2008-2009) in DeKalb, Miss., Northwest Mississippi Community College (2006-2008) in Booneville, Miss., and Meridian High School (2005) in Meridian, Miss.

Thompson, who has been a member of the American Football Coaches Association since 2010, participated in the 2014 NCAA/NFL Coaches Academy and the NFL Bill Walsh Coaching Fellowship in 2016 as a defensive assistant with the Pittsburg Steelers.

Thompson graduated from Oklahoma Panhandle State University in 2014 with a degree in health, physical education and recreation. The Meridian, Miss., native has one son, Devarion (11).



Zach Muller enters his first season as a graduate assistant coach under head coach Todd Cooley. Muller will assist as the strong safeties coach.

Muller played his collegiate career at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. as a tight end from 2011 to 2015. He was the third leading receiver in 2014 and 2015.

After his playing career, Muller worked as an interim coach from 2013 to 2014. His duties included complete play-by-play breakdown of 2014 Wofford offense, including passing breakdown, and assisting the coaching staff with film breakdown of upcoming opponents. He also created an offensive playbook with multiple run and pass concepts.

The Minnesota native also acted as the assistant strength coach at Wayzata High School in Plymouth, Minn., in its summer strength program in 2012, 2013 and 2015. His responsibilities were to teach proper weight lifting techniques and assisting the coaching staff in installing the offense to varsity athletes.

Muller graduated from Wofford College in December 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in business economics. He was selected to the Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll in 2012.



Jamaal Bess enters his first season as an assistant coach at Delta State University under head coach Todd Cooley. Bess, who joined the Statesmen staff in January, 2017, will work with the cornerbacks in the defensive backfield.

Bess comes from Western New Mexico University where he served as a secondary coach and the video coordinator, organizing practice plans and game plans for the secondary. Bess helped lead the secondary to 15 interceptions, which was fourth in the Lone Star conference.

Bess also spent time at Sierra College as a secondary coach and a passing game coordinator after graduating from the University of Rhode Island.

Bess graduated from Rhode Island in May of 2014 with a Bachelor's degree in kinesiology and a minor in communications, where he lettered two years, was a two-year starter and All-CAA (Colonial Athletic Association) performer. Bess also served as an intern in the Rhode Island Strength and Conditioning program, and also as a student assistant for the football program.