After recently being hired as head coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Urban Meyer went right to work on building his staff.
According to a report from Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel, Meyer is expected to add former University of Texas defensive coordinator Chris Ash to his staff.
Sources: Chris Ash expected to be part of Urban Meyer’s staff in Jacksonville as a position coach. Ash was Meyer’s DC during the 2014 season when Ohio State won the national title.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) January 16, 2021
Ash’s most recent role was with Texas as not only the team’s defensive coordinator, but as the safeties coach, too under Tom Herman in 2020. In 2019, he served as an analyst for the Longhorns.
Prior to his time with Texas, Ash was the head coach for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights from 2016 until late September of 2019. Ash was fired from Rutgers due to poor performance, accumulating an overall record of just eight wins and 33 losses.
Before taking over in Piscataway, New Jersey with Rutgers, Ash worked for Meyer at Ohio State. He was the co-defensive coordinator along with Luke Fickell, and also coached safeties for the Buckeyes. This connection is why many believed Ash would be a target for Meyer’s staff in Jacksonville.
Similarly to Meyer, Ash does not have prior NFL coaching experience. He has however been in the college coaching ranks since 1997, getting his start at his alma mater, Drake University, as a graduate assistant. He took over as defensive coordinator for the Bulldogs the following year and stayed there through the 1998 season.
Other coaching stops for Ash include Iowa State, San Diego State, Arkansas and Wisconsin. He also had a short stint at Princeton but was only there for spring practices in 1998 before heading back to Drake to call the defensive plays.
He has coached defensive backs or safeties in particular at just about every stop, bar maybe his head coaching role with Rutgers or his undefined role as a grad assistant with Drake (he may have had direct coaching of the secondary at those stops, too, but I cannot confirm).