Vandals hire new secondary coach

THE VANDALS ANNOUNCED AN OUTSTANDING NEW ADDITION to the coaching staff this week in ASHLEY AMBROSE, a 13-year NFL cornerback who was named the AFC's Defensive Back of the Year in 1996. Ambrose, whose collegiate coaching stints include Cal and Colorado plus stops with professional coaching staffs in New Orleans and with the Atlanta Falcons, replaces Mike Mickens who moved on to Bowling Green.

The following is an official press release from University of Idah Athletic Media Relations.


Former NFL standout Ashley Ambrose has joined coach Paul Petrino's football staff as the University of Idaho's secondary coach.

Ambrose with the Saints
Ambrose, a 1992 graduate of Mississippi Valley State, played professionally for 13 seasons and was the AFC's Defensive Back of the Year in 1996 when he was with the Cincinnati Bengals. His first professional stop was from 1992-95 with Indianapolis. He spent from 1996-98 with Cincinnati before playing for New Orleans in 1999 and Atlanta from 2000-02 before wrapping up his playing days with the Saints from 2003-04.

"We're real excited to have Coach Ambrose on the staff," Petrino said. "He was a great player in the NFL and played under some of the greater coaches ever. He brings great knowledge of the game."

Ambrose's knowledge is based not only on his collegiate and professional playing days but as a collegiate assistant coach with Cal (2011-12) and Colorado (2008-10). He also spent time as an NFL aide – 2013 as a minority intern with New Orleans and as an intern for the Falcons in 2006.

His ability to bond with players made him a great choice for Petrino.

"He has great one-on-one relationships with the players," Petrino said. "We're just very fortunate and really lucky to have him."

While at Cal, Ambrose coached a talented veteran secondary with Josh Hill and Steve Williams both earning honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors for the first time in their careers. Both safeties that Ambrose coached in 2011 – D.J. Campbell (Carolina) and Sean Cattouse (San Diego), moved on to the NFL after earning honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors as a seniors in 2011. Ambrose's defensive backs were significant contributors to a 2011 Cal defense that led the Pac-12 in both total defense (332.92 ypg) and pass defense (204.23 ypg), while ranking 25th and 37th nationally, respectively. The Bears were also second in the conference and 39th nationally in pass efficiency defense (122.06). Cal's defensive backs recorded 10 of the team's 12 interceptions that ranked fifth in the Pac-12.


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