Ambrose has played an integral role in the growth of the Huskies’ program, from its status as an NCAA Division I-AA team to a nationally-ranked program that is a top contender for the Big East Conference championship
Rob Ambrose, offensive coordinator for the University of Connecticut’s football program, has been named Head Football Coach at Towson University, Maryland.
Ambrose will still coach UConn on Jan. 3 when the Huskies play in the International Bowl against Buffalo.
“I think that Towson University has made an outstanding choice in selecting Rob Ambrose as its head football coach,” says Coach Randy Edsall, the Huskies’ tenth-year head coach. “He is an outstanding leader and an excellent football coach. Rob has all the ingredients to help student-athletes grow and develop. I know he will have a tremendous amount of success at Towson.
“Rob did a great job for us here at UConn,” Edsall added. “He helped us grow as a football program and he was a tremendous mentor for Dan Orlovsky. A few years ago, we promoted him to offensive coordinator and he made a very smooth transition.”
Ambrose is the fourth Edsall assistant coach to be named as a college head coach in the last seven years. He will be the fourth head coach in the 40-year history of Towson football. He was signed to a five-year contract.
Ambrose is a 1993 Towson graduate. He spent nine seasons as a member of the coaching staff at Towson, starting his coaching career even before he graduated.
When he suffered a career-ending injury prior to his senior season, he joined the coaching staff as a Student Assistant Coach and coached the wide receivers.
After rising to the position of Offensive Coordinator in 1998, he was named as the Tigers’ Associate Head Coach for the 2000 season.
In 2001, he was the Head Football Coach at Catholic University.
After one season with the Cardinals, he joined the staff at the University of Connecticut.
In his seven seasons at UConn, Ambrose has played an integral role in the growth of the Huskies’ program, from its status as an NCAA Division I-AA team to a nationally-ranked program that is a top contender for the Big East Conference championship on an annual basis.
Coach Ambrose joined the Huskies’ staff in 2002 and served as the Huskies Quarterbacks Coach. During that time, he worked with record-setting quarterback Dan Orlovsky, currently the starting quarterback for the Detroit Lions.
In his seven seasons at UConn, Ambrose helped the Huskies post a 48-36 record.
In 2002, the Huskies compiled a 6-6 record before improving to 9-3 in the 2003 season.
In 2004, the Huskies made their Big East Conference debut and posted an 8-4 record, which included a 39-10 win over Toledo in the Motor City Bowl. It was the Huskies’ first appearance in a bowl game.
In its Big East debut, the Huskies were second in the conference in passing offense.
Orlovsky, who was selected in the fifth round by Detroit in the 2005 NFL draft, finished his college career by setting school records for pass completions (916), passing yardage (10,421) and touchdown passes (84).
Coach Ambrose was promoted to Offensive Coordinator in 2005.
In his third season as the Huskies’ Offensive Coordinator, he helped UConn win a share of the 2007 Big East Conference championship and make an appearance in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.
UConn finished the 2007 season with a 9-4 record.
This past season, Coach Ambrose’s UConn offense was led by junior running back Donald Brown, the Big East Offensive Player of the Year.
A first team All-American selection, Brown has rushed for 1,822 yards and scored 17 touchdowns. He has been the NCAA rushing leader for most of the season.
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