Ashley Ambrose is in his first season as secondary coach at Colorado, as the popular 13-year National Football League veteran was promoted to the position on February 12, 2010.
He had just finished two seasons as CU's defensive technical intern, a role he assumed in March 2008, and had actually been groomed to become the receivers coach by head coach Dan Hawkins until the defensive backs position opened up when Greg Brown left for a coordinator's job at Arizona. Hawkins coached the receivers in 2009.
The 39-year old Ambrose brings a wealth of professional experience to the Buffalo staff after a long and distinguished career in pro football. After being selected out of Mississippi Valley State by Indianapolis in the second round (29th pick overall) of the 1992 NFL draft, he went on to play 13 years in the league, four seasons with the Colts (1992-95), three with Cincinnati (1996-98), three with New Orleans (1999, 2003-04) and three with Atlanta (2000-02). He earned All-Pro honors with the Bengals in 1996, when he was also the AFC Defensive Back of the Year. During his career, he had 42 interceptions, returning three for touchdowns, and also had 178 pass deflections to go with 514 tackles (464 solo).
After 192 games (which included 135 starts), he retired from professional football after the 2004 season, and started to enjoy his retirement. But got right back into football a year later, spending the 2006 season an intern coach with the Atlanta Falcons.
Ambrose earned his degree in Industrial Technology in 1992 from MVSU, where he lettered four years at cornerback. He had 17 interceptions, 40 pass deflections and 110 tackles during his college career, when he also had seven kick returns for touchdowns (four punt, three kickoff).
He has long been active in community service, as he developed the "Ashley Ambrose All-A's Club" that rewarded high school football players who excelled academically. He participated in VH-1's Save the Music program and in the NFL United Way Hometown Huddles Campaign among many things he did as a professional, which included donating hundreds of tickets to scholar-athletes.
A native of New Orleans, he graduated from Alcee Fortier High School in 1988, where he lettered in football, basketball and track. He is the father of two children, Aisha (10) and A.J. (8).
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