Family, commitment played role in Ambrose's decision to stay with Towson

The Baltimore Sun

Back in January when he agreed to a extension that will keep him under contract at Towson through 2020, coach Rob Ambrose declined to comment on the deal that was the university’s obvious response to Ambrose guiding the Tigers to their first appearance in the Football Championship Subdivision title game.

But at the Colonial Athletic Association’s Media Day at M&T Bank Stadium, Ambrose, a 1993 graduate of Towson, opened up about the factors that led him to remain with his alma mater.

“I have a daughter and a young son, and the contract extension offered to me allows my kids to actually graduate high school wherever they decide to go to school without having to move, and in this business – this right-now, immediate, win-now business – that just doesn’t happen,” he said. “Those opportunities don’t happen for guys in my position.

“The other thing is, it’s philosophical,” Ambrose continued. “The word ‘commitment’ seems to be lost in the brush in our right-now, immediate world. Commitment doesn’t mean being committed to the moment, but it means being committed to a long-term vision and long-term plans. There’s not a lot of people that have the patience for that.”

At the time of the announcement of the extension, Tigers athletic director Tim Leonard had said that the deal included a costly buyout option designed to cause potential suitors to think twice about trying to woo Ambrose away from the school.

Ambrose acknowledged that scenario could play out in the future, but for now, he said he is happy to stay where he is.

“I graduated from here, I love the city of Baltimore, I love the state of Maryland,” he said. “I’m sure that at some time, some day, somebody’s going to offer me something that I’m not going to have a chance to say no. But there’s still work to be done, and I’m still proud to be the head football coach at Towson. So I don’t need anything else.”

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