Chris Ash

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Chris Ash
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Defensive coordinator
Team Ohio State
Conference Big Ten
Biographical details
Born (1973-12-24) December 24, 1973 (age 41)
Ottumwa, Iowa
Alma mater Drake University
Playing career
1992–1996 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–present Ohio State (DC/S)

Chris Ash is an American football coach, currently serving as an assistant with the Ohio State Buckeyes.


Ash was born on December 24, 1973. He 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.[1] A native of Ottumwa, Iowa, Ash has two children, Tanner and Jacey.[2]


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.[3][4] In 2012, when then Badgers head coach Brett Bielema was hired at the University of Arkansas, Ash followed, accepting the Defensive Coordinator position with the Razorbacks.[5] In January 2014, Ash was hired as the Co-Defensive Coordinator and Secondary Coach for the Ohio State Buckeyes.[6] 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.[3]