Chris Ash Added To Ohio State Football Staff
CHRIS ASH
BuckeyeSports.com
Posted Jan 23, 2014


After more than a week of speculation, Ohio State announced on Thursday afternoon that former Arkansas and Wisconsin defensive coordinator Chris Ash has been added to the staff as co-DC and safeties coach.

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer officially completed his 2014 staff on Thursday afternoon when he announced that former Arkansas and Wisconsin defensive coordinator Chris Ash will join the Buckeye staff.

Ash, 40, will serve as the team's co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach, essentially replacing Everett Withers, who left to become head coach at James Madison.

The hiring was first reported by SI.com's Pete Thamel last week.

LINK: Insiders Talk Ash's Defensive Philosophy
LINK: Ash Succeeded With Less At Previous Stops

Ash was defensive coordinator under Bret Bielema at Arkansas last year after serving in the same spot in both 2011 and '12 with Bielema at Wisconsin. He has also previously coached at Iowa State, San Diego State and Drake.

Meyer On Ash
“We’ve competed against a Chris Ash defense before and I have respect for him as a coach. I like the fact he has experience in the Big Ten Conference and that he is a great recruiter. He was highly recommended by everyone I spoke to.”

Ash On Ohio State
“I was attracted to this position because it is Ohio State and I had to wonder if I ever would have this opportunity again. This is one of the top five college football programs in the country. It has tremendous history and tradition, and it is a great academic institution.

“The opportunity to work for Coach Meyer and to learn as a part of his staff will absolutely enhance my knowledge of the game and my coaching experiences.”

“To me, to be successful, I think you have to be detailed. You have to be able to coach and teach the fundamentals of the game, and that’s how you develop players. You have to have a consistency with how you prepare yourself so you can prepare them and then get them to play hard.”

“You can recruit anywhere in the country. You can recruit players that are talented, that have character and that believe education is very important. When you have all three of those attributes in players, then you can build upon this outstanding program.”

Chris Ash Quick Facts
Hometown: Ottumwa, Iowa
High School: Ottumwa
Alma Mater: Drake, 1996
Master’s Degree: Iowa State, 2005
Years in Coaching: 18
Children: Son, Tanner; and daughter, Jacey

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Chris Ash's Previous Stops
2013 Defensive Coordinator/Secondary................................... University of Arkansas
2011-12 Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs................ University of Wisconsin
2010 Defensive Backs............................................................. University of Wisconsin
2009 Defensive Backs/Recruiting Coordinator......................... Iowa State University
2007-08 Defensive Backs/Recruiting Coordinator......... San Diego State University
2006 Defensive Backs/Recruiting Coordinator......................... Iowa State University
2002-05 Defensive Backs............................................................. Iowa State University
2000-01 Graduate Assistant – Defense.......................................... Iowa State University
1998-99 Defensive Coordinator.................................................... Drake University
1997 Graduate Assistant – Defense.......................................... Drake University

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