A 17-year veteran of college coaching, Ambrose has served at the University of Connecticut since 2002. During his seven-year tenure at Connecticut, he helped the Huskies win 49 games and make three bowl game appearances.
“This is very personal for me and there is no other I-AA head coaching job that I would have taken other than this one,” Ambrose told a crowd of alumni, media, fans and former players at a Jan. 6 press conference. "I know there is a strong commitment to this football program from the administration and I’m excited to be part of it.”
Ambrose, a native of Middletown, Md. who was a three-sport standout at Middletown High School before playing quarterback and wide receiver at Towson, expressed his optimism about the future of Tiger football.
“We are moving toward a bright future because of a great vision from our administration and a tremendous path,” he said. “I am grateful to be a part of it and that I have the opportunity to follow [former Tiger football coaches] Carl Runk, Phil Albert and Gordy Combs—men who have done so much for this school. It is with great humility that I take on this role as the leader of the future.”
Ambrose was named as the Tigers’ coach on December 27. He was selected from an impressive pool of candidates, according to Director of Athletics Mike Hermann.
“Some outstanding coaches were interested in this job,” said Hermann. “When we looked at all of the candidates, Rob Ambrose’s name came to the top of the list. He’s our choice to be head coach because he’s the best man to lead the program into this new era."
Ambrose said that he hopes to assemble his coaching staff within the next two weeks.