Ashley Ambrose
Ashley  Ambrose

Defensive Backs

Alma Mater:
Mississippi Valley State, 1992

A former All-Pro in the National Football League and the 1996 AFC Defensive Back of the Year, Ashley Ambrose is entering his second season as Boise State’s defensive backs coach.

In his debut season, a pair of defensive backs were named to All-Mountain West Teams - safety Chanceller James and cornerback Jonathan Moxey, who each garnered second-team accolades. The duo contributed to a defense that allowed just 23.3 points per game, a mark that ranked 29th nationally.

Ambrose joined the Broncos after serving as cornerbacks coach at Texas State in 2015. He also previously served as the cornerbacks coach at Idaho (2014) and secondary coach at California (2011-12), while serving three seasons in three different roles on the staff at Colorado (2008-10), culminating in being the secondary coach in 2010. He spent the 2013 season with the New Orleans Saints as a minority intern.

Prior to joining the Broncos, Ambrose had six defensive backs earn all-conference honors during his coaching career. At Colorado, he coached a pair of cornerbacks that earned All-Big 12 honors and were selected in the 2011 NFL Draft. Jimmy Smith, named to the All-Big 12 First Team, was taken 27th overall by the Baltimore Ravens, while Jalil Brown was named All-Big 12 honorable mention and was tabbed in the fourth round by the Kansas City Chiefs.

At California, defensive backs D.J. Campbell and Sean Cattouse were each named All-Pac-12 honorable mention in 2011, while Josh Hill and Steve Williams, Jr., each claimed the accolade in 2012. Campbell and Cattouse each went on to play two seasons in the NFL, with Campbell, a seventh-round draft pick of the Carolina Panthers in the 2012 NFL Draft, playing for the Panthers (2012-13) and Miami Dolphins (2013), and Cattouse playing for the San Diego Chargers (2012) and Chicago Bears (2013).

In each of his seasons in Berkeley, Ambrose's secondary recorded double-digit figures in interceptions, with the 2011 squad nabbing 10 of the Golden Bears' 12 picks, and the 2012 secondary accounting for 12 of the team's 14 thefts.

Ambrose played 13 seasons in the NFL (1992-2004) 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 touchdown. He also broke up 35 passes and registered 514 tackles (464 solo).

Ambrose began his coaching career in 2006 as an intern with the Falcons.

A native of New Orleans, he played four seasons at Mississippi Valley State (1988-91), intercepting 17 passes and recording 110 tackles. Ambrose was also a dangerous return man, taking three kicks and four punts for touchdowns. He went on to graduate in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in industrial technology.

Ambrose and his wife, Melanie Zaharias-Ambrose, were married on May 25, 2012. He is the father of three children, Aisha, A. J. and Konner.

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