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Ambrose agrees to contract extension with Towson

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Ambrose agrees to contract extension with Towson

Posted on 08 January 2014 by WNST Staff


Tiger Football Coach To Lead Program Through 2020 Season

TOWSON, Md. – Coach Rob Ambrose, who led the Towson University football team to the NCAA FCS championship game, has agreed in principle to new contract terms that will extend his tenure as the Tigers’ coach through the 2020 season, it has been announced by Director of Athletics Tim Leonard.

“What a great day for Towson University and the future of the football program,” said Leonard. “Rob will be a Towson Tiger for a long time. We are fortunate the new terms make it a competitive contract within the Colonial Athletic Association and nationally in the FCS.”

A 1993 graduate of Towson, Ambrose was named as the Tigers’ fourth head coach prior to the 2009 season. Over the last three seasons, he has guided the Tigers to a 29-10 record that includes a 19-5 CAA record, two CAA championships and two NCAA FCS appearances.

In 2013, Ambrose guided the Tigers to a berth in the NCAA FCS championship game with wins over No. 9 Fordham, No. 2 Eastern Illinois and No. 3 Eastern Washington. Towson was an NCAA FCS Top Ten team all season and earned its first win over an FBS team with a 33-18 victory over Connecticut in the season opener.

Towson was also named as the unanimous winner of the Lambert Meadowlands Award presented to the top FCS team in the East.

“It is an honor to serve as the head football coach at Towson University and to be a part of our great community,” says Ambrose. “In the past five years, we have worked hard to be strong representatives of Towson University, the town of Towson, and the city of Baltimore.”

He added, “I would like to thank Athletic Director Tim Leonard and President Maravene Loeschke for providing me, my staff and my family the opportunity to continue what we have started. This is my home and I am grateful to be able to continue to call myself the head football coach at Towson University. I am proud to be a Tiger.”

In 2011, Ambrose was honored as the winner of the Eddie Robinson Award, presented to the top football coach in NCAA FCS. He was also honored as the CAA Coach of the Year and the American Football Coaches Association District Coach of the Year.


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New Towson AD Leonard hopes to immerse himself in “everything that has happened here”

Posted on 03 August 2013 by WNST Staff


Leonard to Begin On-Campus Duties Starting August 19

TOWSON, Md. – Tim Leonard, formerly the Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs at Southern Methodist University (SMU), was introduced as the new Towson University Director of Athletics by Towson President Dr. Maravene Loeschke at a press conference on Friday morning in the Minnegan Room of the Johnny Unitas ® Stadium Field House.

“I am so excited to be a Towson Tiger,” said Leonard. “We are so excited, my family and I, to be here. We think this is a great opportunity and it’s a great University. We are thrilled to be a part of it.”

Prior to coming to Towson, Leonard served as senior associate athletic director at SMU since 2008.  He also was the Mustangs’ interim director of athletics between May and August 2012.  Prior to coming to SMU, Leonard served in a series of increasingly responsible positions at the University of Central Florida, including assistant vice president for athletics development and associate athletic director, assistant AD for development, and assistant AD for external operations.

“Tim has extensive experience creating visions for athletics and then creating, inclusively, strategic plans to get them accomplished,” said Loeschke. “This is what we all unanimously saw in Tim: Experience across the spectrum of athletics, integrity, passion and energy. He has a devotion to students and their welfare on all levels. He has an unfailing commitment to excellence. He is a role model for all of us, particularly our student-athletes.”

“There are three important things that a leader can do: Listen, learn and then lead,” said Leonard. “I want to really come in and understand the culture of the University and immerse myself with everything that has happened here. Then I can make wise, informed decisions. To me, it’s all about trying to get the resources necessary for our coaches and our student-athletes so that they can be successful. That’s what this is all about.”

Leonard is a member of the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD) and was the 2012 recipient of NAADD’s Athletic Fundraiser of the Year award.

Leonard’s athletics career also includes positions at Boise State University, where he was assistant director of the Bronco Athletic Association, and at Illinois State University, where he served as director of annual giving.

Leonard is a graduate of Boise State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications.  In addition to his affiliation with NAADD, he is also a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

A native of Twin Falls, Idaho, Leonard and his wife, Monica, have two children, Hayley and Nathan.

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