Rob Ambrose Named New Coordinator

It didn't take Randy Edsall long to find a new offensive coordinator. Norries Wilson's replacement was only one trailer away, as it turned out.

Rob Ambrose, who has been the quarterbacks coach at UConn since 2002, was named the program's new offensive coordinator Tuesday. He takes over for Wilson, who became the head coach at Columbia last week.

Ambrose's promotion continued a shuffling of the Huskies' assistant coaches that also saw wide receivers coach Vinny Marino leave UConn over the weekend to become Wilson's offensive coordinator at Columbia. Marino had coached the receivers for four seasons and also served as the program's recruiting coordinator, a role Edsall said he himself will fill until after national signing day on Feb. 1.

Edsall also announced that Dave McMichael will coach only the tight ends in 2006. McMichael also coached the offensive tackles this past season, when UConn went 5-6, but Edsall said the new offensive line coach will handle the entire line for the foreseeable future.

Edsall said he expects to have a new offensive line coach and wide receivers coach in place in the next two weeks.

Step One in the revamping process was to get Ambrose in place as the new offensive coordinator.

"We won't revamp the offense, that's for sure," the Middletown, Md., native said. "We might tweak it a little bit, but you won't see us go to some crazy something or other. We're just going to work hard and get better and score points --- a lot of them. I won't be happy very often, not unless we're scoring 50 points."

Before coming to UConn, Ambrose, 35, was the head coach at Catholic University in Washington D.C. in 2001. He was an associate head coach, offensive coordinator, and quarterbacks coach during nine seasons at his alma mater, Towson.

Ambrose will maintain his position as quarterbacks coach in addition to his new duties.

"I just feel he's the guy that's most qualified," Edsall said. "It allows us to stay consistent with what we're doing here. I think we've got a good system in place with what we're doing offensively. He played an integral part in the game-planning before."

Edsall admitted he didn't consider too many outside options before turning to Ambrose.

"Sometimes you go outside (the program) and bring somebody else in, and they have their own ideas or want to run their own type of offense," Edsall said. "I didn't want to do that."

Offensive graduate assistant Chris Nugai has joined Wilson and Marino at Columbia as well, Edsall said.

In personnel news, Edsall said the only injured player who might not be ready for spring practice is return man Larry Taylor, who tore his right ACL on Oct. 15. Edsall also said defensive back Donta Moore will rejoin the team next month when classes start. Moore was suspended from school for his part in an incident involving a pellet gun in May. At Edsall's insistence, Moore will pay his own tuition for the spring semester.

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