Boise State officially named former NFL All-Pro defensive back Ashley Ambrose its new defensive backs coach Tuesday.
Ambrose replaces Julius Brown, who was let go earlier this month after two seasons on the Broncos’ staff. Ambrose played 13 seasons in the NFL for four teams from 1992-2004, logging 42 interceptions and was named to the All-Pro team in 1996. He spent 2015 as Texas State’s cornerbacks coach and 2014 as Idaho’s defensive backs coach. He was an intern with the New Orleans Saints in 2013, before that spending 2011-12 as Cal’s defensive backs coach and served three different roles at Colorado from 2008-10.
“For our staff we are always looking for smart and driven coaches, and Ashley brings each of those things to our program,” Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin said in a statement. “Anyone that plays 13 years in the NFL is in a very unique fraternity and has to be ultra-competitive, driven and know the ins and outs of playing at a high level.
"All you need is about five minutes with Ashley and you discover his passion for the game. It’s why he decided to go into coaching when his playing career ended: it was an opportunity to mentor and teach the game of football and be a positive influence on young players. His fit within our staff is perfect and we're excited to have him as part of the Bronco family.”
In the same statement, Ambrose said: “Boise State is one of those programs you are immediately attracted to as a coach because of the long-term success and a culture of excellence. I can’t thank Coach Harsin and his staff enough for this opportunity, and I am excited to get going right now,” Ambrose said.
“After retiring from the NFL it didn’t take me long to realize how much I still wanted to be a part of the game, and that drove me into coaching. I want to give back to young players so much of what this game taught me both on the field and off. That desire to compete and to work hard every day to get better is my mentality and I can't wait to share that with our Bronco players.”
On Monday, linebackers coach Andy Avalos was promoted to defensive coordinator. The Broncos are still seeking his replacement, along with an offensive coordinator.