Chris Ash

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Chris Ash
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Rutgers
Conference Big Ten
Record 3–13
Annual salary $2,000,000
Biographical details
Born (1973-12-24) December 24, 1973 (age 43)
Ottumwa, Iowa
Alma mater Drake University
Playing career
1992–1995 Drake
Position(s) Defensive back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1997 Drake (GA)
1998–1999 Drake (DC)
2000–2001 Iowa State (GA)
2002–2005 Iowa State (DB)
2006 Iowa State (DB/RC)
2007–08 San Diego State (DB/RC)
2009 Iowa State (DB/RC)
2010 Wisconsin (DB)
2011–2012 Wisconsin (DC/DB)
2013 Arkansas (DC/DB)
2014–2015 Ohio State (co-DC/S)
2016–present Rutgers
Head coaching record
Overall 3–13

Chris Ash (born December 24, 1973) is an American football coach who is currently head coach of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.[1]


Ash received his bachelor's degree from Drake University, where he played safety on the football team. In 2005, Ash received his master's degree from Iowa State University.[2] A native of Ottumwa, Iowa, he and his wife, Doreen, have four children, Tanner, Jacey, Brady and a new baby girl .[3]


Ash held assistant coaching positions with the Drake Bulldogs, Princeton Tigers, Iowa State Cyclones, and San Diego State Aztecs, before being hired by the Wisconsin Badgers in 2010.[4][5] In 2012, when then Badgers head coach Bret Bielema was hired at the University of Arkansas, Ash followed, accepting the Defensive Coordinator position with the Razorbacks.[6] In January 2014, Ash was hired as the Co-Defensive Coordinator and Secondary Coach for the Ohio State Buckeyes.[7] Ash has coached in 8 bowl games in his career including the 2000 Bowl, 2001 Independence Bowl, 2002 Humanitarian Bowl, 2004 Independence Bowl, 2005 Houston Bowl, 2009 Insight Bowl, 2011 Rose Bowl, and the 2012 Rose Bowl.[4] He also coached the 2014 Ohio State Buckeyes football team to the first ever College Football Playoff won in history.

On December 7, 2015, Ash agreed to a 5-year, $11 million-guaranteed contract to become the head coach at Rutgers University.[8]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (Big Ten Conference) (2016–present)
2016 Rutgers 2–10 0–9 7th (East)
2017 Rutgers 1–3 0–1 (East)
Rutgers: 3–13 0–10
Total: 3–13


  1. ^ "Everything you need to know about Rutgers' hiring of coach Chris Ash". 2015-12-06. Retrieved 2015-12-07. 
  2. ^ "Chris Ash Bio - San Diego State Official Athletic Site". 1973-12-24. Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  3. ^ "Ottumwa native hired to coach at Ohio State » Sports". The Ottumwa Courier. Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  4. ^ a b "Chris Ash Bio - - The Official Athletic Site of the Wisconsin Badgers". Archived from the original on 2013-06-02. Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  5. ^ "Buckeyes hire ex-Arkansas and Wisconsin assistant Ash as co-defensive coordinator/safeties". Fox News. 2014-01-23. Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  6. ^ Hernandez, Rob (2014-01-15). "College football: Ex-Badgers defensive coordinator Chris Ash leaving Bret Bielema for Urban Meyer : Sports". Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  7. ^ Pete Thamel (2014-01-14). "Ohio State hires Arkansas' Chris Ash, finalizes deal with Penn State's Larry Johnson - College Football - Pete Thamel -". Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  8. ^ Keith Sargeant (2014-12-07). "Here are the contract terms for new Rutgers football coach Chris Ash". Retrieved 2015-12-07. 

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