Cal's offseason coaching carousel continued Tuesday with the announcement that secondary coach Al Simmons is leaving to "pursue other professional opportunities" and the hiring of Ashley Ambrose as his replacement. Simmons just completed his third season at Cal under coach Jeff Tedford. Simmons previously coached the cornerbacks in Berkeley from 1998-2000. He has coached at a handful of other major college programs and also served a stint with the 49ers.
Ambrose played in the NFL for 13 years before retiring in 2004. He spent the past three seasons on Colorado's coaching staff but was let go after head coach Dan Hawkins was fired. The Bears have two new coaches since the end of last season and soon will have two more. Tedford still needs to hire offensive line and strength and conditioning coaches.Both new coaches come from Colorado. Last week, Tedford hired Eric Kiesau as wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator. Kiesau, who previously coached at Cal from 2002-05, was Colorado's offensive coordinator the past two seasons. Colorado also got a coach from Cal when offensive line coach Steve Marshall was hired by the Buffs.