Under NCAA rules, college coaches are not allowed to publicly discuss unsigned recruits. But on Friday, Towson football coach Rob Ambrose could make an exception — for his daughter.
Grace Ambrose, a senior captain and goalkeeper for Towson High, will join the Tigers women's soccer program next season. Her father, the head coach at Towson University since 2009 and a graduate of the school, called it a "pleasant surprise."
"She was born in this town, right across the street at the hospital [St. Joseph Medical Center], and this is the place that she calls home," Rob Ambrose said Monday on Glenn Clark Radio. "She's had a chance to be on this campus probably more than any kid under college age should ever be."
An easy recruitment, right? Not exactly. Ambrose said his wife had bugged Grace to visit other schools. Grace, a longtime travel companion of the football team's, said she'd seen enough: "Mom, I've been going to other colleges since I was, like, 14 years old, 13 years old with my dad," her father recalled her saying. "How many more schools do you want me to see?"
Ambrose joked that he told Grace "all the bad stuff," because it's one thing to be at home after Towson football loses, and it's another thing to be on campus afterward. "I'm the smartest or the dumbest guy every week," he said.
"She's seen the world a little bit, and this is a place where she feels comfortable," Ambrose added. "For me, it's a proud moment in that the choices that I've made in my life seem to resonate with her, that she sees how special this community can be and that she wants to stay a part of it."