Alabama officially announced a key member of Nick Saban’s 2016 staff on Wednesday evening.
Derrick Ansley was reported to be the Crimson Tide’s new defensive backs coach over the weekend, and the program confirmed the news with a press release.
“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 was a graduate assistant at Alabama from 2010 to 2011, then defensive backs coach Tennessee in 2012 before spending time as cornerbacks coach (2013-2014) and defensive backs coach (2015) at Kentucky.
He was promoted to co-defensive coordinator in January, but is leaving Lexington to take over the Tide defensive backfield, a group that Saban — a former defensive back — always keeps close watch over.
“I am so appreciative of the opportunity Coach Saban is giving me because as a defensive coach it doesn’t get any better,” Ansley said. “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.”