Michigan Football Undergoes Coaching Shake-Up: ‘Wink’ Martindale Joins, Steve Clinkscale Heads to Chargers

Ann Arbor, MI – February 13, 2024

In a surprising turn of events, the University of Michigan’s football program has undergone significant coaching changes, with the hiring of ‘Wink’ Martindale and the departure of Steve Clinkscale to the Los Angeles Chargers.

‘Wink’ Martindale Joins Wolverines as Defensive Coordinator

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Michigan football fans received exciting news as the university officially announced the hiring of Don “Wink” Martindale as the new defensive coordinator. Martindale brings a wealth of experience and success, having served as the defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens from 2018 to 2021.

Known for his aggressive and innovative defensive schemes, Martindale is expected to bring a fresh perspective to the Wolverines’ defense. His tenure with the Ravens saw the team consistently rank among the league’s top defenses, showcasing his ability to develop and execute effective game plans.

Michigan head coach, Jim Harbaugh, expressed his enthusiasm for Martindale’s arrival, stating, “We are thrilled to welcome ‘Wink’ Martindale to the Michigan football family. His track record of success in the NFL speaks for itself, and we believe he will make an immediate impact on our defense.”

Steve Clinkscale Departs for the Chargers

While the Wolverines celebrate the acquisition of Martindale, they bid farewell to Steve Clinkscale, who has accepted a position with the Los Angeles Chargers as their defensive backs coach. Clinkscale served as Michigan’s defensive passing game coordinator and secondary coach, contributing to the team’s defensive success during his time with the program.

Coach Harbaugh expressed his gratitude for Clinkscale’s contributions, saying, “We want to thank Steve for his dedication and hard work during his time at Michigan. He played a crucial role in our success, and we wish him all the best in his new endeavor with the Chargers.”

Clinkscale’s departure comes as a loss for the Wolverines, but the team remains optimistic about the future with the addition of Martindale and the continued commitment to excellence.

Additional Coaching Moves

In addition to the prominent changes, the Wolverines announced several other adjustments to the coaching staff. These changes aim to strengthen various aspects of the team and provide fresh perspectives for the upcoming season. Michigan fans can anticipate further updates as the coaching staff continues to evolve in preparation for the 2024 season.

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