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Source: Boise State to hire ex-NFL star as defensive backs coach

New Boise State defensive backs coach Ashley Ambrose (43) started 141 games in the NFL, and played in the 2005 preseason with the Kansas City Chiefs before retiring. In this photo, behind Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Charles Lee is former Boise State standout and Chiefs player Shaunard Harts (42).
New Boise State defensive backs coach Ashley Ambrose (43) started 141 games in the NFL, and played in the 2005 preseason with the Kansas City Chiefs before retiring. In this photo, behind Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Charles Lee is former Boise State standout and Chiefs player Shaunard Harts (42). Associated Press file

Boise State is in the process of hiring former NFL All-Pro and Pac-12 assistant Ashley Ambrose as defensive backs coach, a source told the Idaho Statesman on Wednesday.

Ambrose coached cornerbacks at Texas State last year and defensive backs at Idaho in 2014. He began his college coaching career at Colorado under former Boise State coach Dan Hawkins in 2008 as a defensive technical intern. He was the Buffaloes’ receivers coach in 2009 and defensive backs coach in 2010. He was the secondary coach at California in 2011-12. Ambrose also served as an intern with the Falcons in 2006 and Saints in 2013 in the NFL.

As an NFL cornerback, Ambrose played 13 seasons for the Colts (1992-95), Bengals (1996-98), Falcons (2000-02) and Saints (1999, 2003-04). He was the AFC Defensive Back of the Year in 1996 and an All-Pro selection with eight interceptions. He recorded 42 interceptions in his career and started 141 games. He retired after participating in the Chiefs preseason training camp in 2005.

Ambrose is originally from New Orleans and played college football at Mississippi Valley State.

Ambrose replaces Julius Brown, who was let go after two seasons on Bryan Harsin’s staff. Brown coached the cornerbacks in 2015 with defensive coordinator Marcel Yates coaching the safeties.

The Ambrose hiring hasn’t been announced yet. Boise State usually needs at least a couple of days to complete a background check before finalizing a hire.

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