Ashley Ambrose, a former All-Pro who played 13 years in the NFL and was a former assistant coach at the University of Colorado from 2008-10, was rehired back at CU on Jan. 18 to coach the cornerbacks for the Buffaloes.Ambrose, the 1996 AFC Defensive Back of the Year, spent the past two seasons at Boise State serving as its defensive backs coach and in his nine years coaching in college has mentored 10 defensive backs that have earned all-conference honors.
Among the DBs that he has guided to all-conference honors were CU's Jimmy Smith, a first-team All-Big 12 selection in 2010, and Jalil Brown, 2010 All-Big 12 honorable mention. Smith was taken 27th overall in the first round by the Baltimore Ravens in the 2011 NFL Draft while Brown was selected in the fourth round by the Kansas City Chiefs. In the past two seasons at Boise State, CB Tyler Horton drew first-team All-Mountain West honors in 2017 while S Kekoa Nawahine (2017), S Chanceller James (2016) and CB Jonathan Moxey (2016) all garnered second-team honors playing under Ambrose.
In 2015 he coached the cornerbacks at Texas State, held the same position at Idaho in 2014 and from 2011-12, was the secondary coach at California. Ambrose spent the 2013 season as an intern with the New Orleans Saints. He began his coaching career in 2006 as an intern with the Atlanta Falcons. A second-round draft pick out of Mississippi Valley State in 1992, Ambrose played 13 seasons in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts (1992-95), Cincinnati Bengals (1996-98), Atlanta Falcons (2000-02) and New Orleans Saints (1999, 2003-04). He was named an All-Pro and AFC Defensive Back of the Year in 1996 after recording a career-best eight interceptions (second-most in the league) with the Bengals. Over 192 games played (of which he started 141), Ambrose hauled in 42 interceptions, three of which he returned for touchdowns. He also broke up 35 passes and registered 514 tackles (464 solo).