TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) – The Alabama football team has a new defensive position coach. Nick Saban announced the hiring of Derrick Ansley on Wednesday to coach the defensive backs for the Crimson Tide.
Ansley spent the past three seasons at the University of Kentucky as the cornerbacks coach (2013-14), secondary coach (2015) and was promoted to co-defensive coordinator for the 2016 season before accepting the position with the Crimson Tide.
“We are very happy to have Derrick and his family back at Alabama,” Saban said. “Derrick did an outstanding job when he was with us as a graduate assistant, and he has a very good understanding of how we run our program and what is expected. He is a bright young coach, and he will be a great addition working with the defensive backs. We also believe he will be a tremendous asset to our staff in the recruiting process.”
Ansley, who served as a defensive graduate assistant at Alabama during the 2010 and 2011 seasons, helped the UK defense record a school-record six defensive touchdowns while creating 23 turnovers that ranked second in the SEC in 2015.
“I have incredible admiration for The University of Alabama and the organization Coach Saban has built, especially after spending a couple of seasons here as a graduate assistant, which was instrumental in my development as a coach. I am so appreciative of the opportunity Coach Saban is giving me because as a defensive coach it doesn’t get any better. Having grown up in the state of Alabama, I also have a tremendous understanding of the tradition and history of Crimson Tide football and what a special place it is to work. I look forward to doing my part to help continue the success this program has enjoyed.”
Ansley graduated in 2005 from Troy with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and worked toward a master’s degree in sports management in the human environmental sciences college during his time as a graduate assistant at Alabama.
A native of Tallassee, Ala., Ansley and his wife Alaea have a daughter, Selena.