Friday, December 19, 2008

Towson targets Ambrose

Rob Ambrose, the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at UConn, has expressed interest in the vacant head coaching position at Towson University and is expected to be interviewed for the job, the Register has learned.

Towson has already been in contact, and Ambrose "is very interested in the job," a source with knowledge of the situation said.

Ambrose, a 1993 graduate of the school, is believed to be one of Towson’s top choices. He was in Maryland last week on a recruiting trip in which he helped secure an oral commitment from defensive end Tim Willman of Reservoir High in Fulton for UConn’s incoming freshman class.

Others being considered by Towson include Joe Vitt, an assistant coach with the New Orleans Saints, and Mike Groh, the recently fired offensive coordinator at Virginia.

Towson athletic director Mike Hermann did not immediately return a call seeking comment Thursday night. Ambrose, through a UConn spokesman, declined comment.

Towson is a Football Championship Subdivision program and competes in the Colonial Athletic Association. Gordy Combs was fired on Dec. 2 after 39 years with the program — three as a player, 19 as an assistant and 17 as head coach.

Ambrose, 38, was raised in Middletown, Md., and played quarterback and wide receiver at Towson until an injury ended his career. He served as a student assistant until his graduation in 1993, and in seven ensuing seasons rose to become assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at the school.

After one season as head coach of Catholic University, Ambrose joined Randy Edsall’s staff at UConn in 2002. He spent four seasons as quarterbacks coach before being named offensive coordinator. Ambrose also continues to coach the Huskies’ quarterbacks.

The Huskies play Buffalo in the International Bowl in Toronto on Jan. 3.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck to a great guy. Might be best for both schools. UCONN needs to be more creative on offense, and this is the staff position to best change to make it happen

December 19, 2008 7:52 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It'll be really interesting to see if Ambrose (if he becomes Towson's head coach) will keep the scholarship offer on the table for Ryan Bonheyo. For those who don't know Ryan Bonheyo - he is a deaf player from Maryland School for the Deaf, he is currently committed to play for the Towson University next year. Bonheyo will be one of the rare deaf athletes to play above division 2 if his offer is still on the table. It is a good thing that deaf athletes are starting to be recognized and their presence is getting more known in the hearing world. I hope the best for this kid and for Ambrose as well.

December 20, 2008 4:01 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, a lot of fans have wanted Ambrose gone for his vanilla playcalling and inability to cultivate a passing game. I hope he gets the job!

December 21, 2008 12:02 AM 

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