The Colorado football program officially announced Thursday that Ashley Ambrose has been hired to coach the Buffaloes' cornerbacks.

Head coach Mike MacIntyre also announced that ShaDon Brown will coach safeties and has been named the defensive passing game coordinator. Brown was hired last year to coach the secondary.

Ambrose, 47, who played 13 years in the NFL, has spent the past two seasons coaching the defensive backs at Boise State. This will be his second stint at CU, as he worked under then-head coach Dan Hawkins from 2008-10.

"We're really excited about Ashley Ambrose coming to the University of Colorado; he brings great expertise for our corners that he'll be coaching," MacIntyre said in a press release. "He was here before, loved it then and I am glad to have him back now. Not only does he bring great coaching experience over the last few years, but he also brings phenomenal playing experience from being in the NFL, so he'll add a lot to our secondary."

In his two seasons at Boise State, Ambrose coached four different defensive backs to either first- or second-team All-Mountain West honors.

Ambrose got his first full-time coaching job at CU. After spending the 2008-09 seasons as a technical intern with the Buffs, Ambrose was hired in 2010 to coach the defensive backs.


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While at CU in 2010, Ambrose coached cornerbacks Jimmy Smith and Jalil Brown, who were both selected in the 2011 NFL draft.

"It's really a blessing for us and I'm excited about the opportunity," Ambrose said in a press release. "I know we are going to win a lot of football games and I am excited to be a part of it.

"The staff seemed very energetic, great guys to work with. I got a chance to talk to those guys and I'm looking forward to working with them. I'm excited about the young corners that they have there and to work with them to try to help them become better football players and young men."

After leaving CU, Ambrose coached the secondary at California for two seasons (2011-12) and then spent the 2013 season as an intern with the New Orleans Saints. He coached cornerbacks at Idaho in 2014 and at Texas State in 2015 before going to Boise State in 2016.

After starring as a player at Mississippi Valley State, Ambrose was a second-round pick of the Indianapolis Colts in 1992. During his NFL career, he played for the Colts, Cincinnati Bengals, New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons.

He had his best season in 1996, with the Bengals, when he made his only Pro Bowl and earned All-Pro honors.

Brown was the lone secondary coach last year, although MacIntyre also worked with corners. Despite losing three members of the secondary to the NFL last year, CU held opposing quarterbacks to a completion percentage of just 55.8 last year under Brown.

"I'm excited about it and the good thing is working with D.J. Eliot, who is a defensive coordinator who gives his assistant coaches an opportunity to have input in the game plan," Brown said of adding the title of defensive passing game coordinator. "It will be a good working relationship in that facet. I'm just excited to continue to build on what we started and I think the future is bright with the talent we will be working with in 2018."

Hiring Ambrose leaves CU with one spot to fill on its coaching staff. The Buffs have yet to announce a replacement for defensive line coach Jim Jeffcoat, who will not be retained after spending the past five seasons with the Buffaloes.

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.