The Los Angeles Chargers are making a change at defensive coordinator as the they have decided to promote Derrick Ansley, previously the secondary coach for past two seasons.

Ansley made his coaching debut at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala., where he worked with the defensive backs for five seasons from 2005-09.

His first SEC coaching opportunity came with Tennessee in 2012. In his position leading the cornerbacks of the Volunteers, Ansley tutored future NFL defensive backs Justin Coleman and Brian Randolph, as well as safety Byron Moore who led the SEC with five interceptions.

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He then moved on to the University of Kentucky to coach their defensive back group for three seasons. Ansley had Kentucky's defense ranked No. 2 in the SEC in takeaways in 2015, his final season with the Wildcats.

Before moving on to the NFL, Ansley was the defensive backs coach for the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2016 and 2017 seasons. He was a big reason why the Crimson Tide was ranked No. 1 in the nation in total defense and scoring defense both years.

At the conclusion of the 2017 season, Ansley was offered his first NFL coaching job with the Oakland Raiders for the 2018 season as their defensive backs coach. He helped their defense increase their interception rate by nearly double digits that season.

He then spent the 2019 and 2020 seasons back in the SEC with Tennessee as the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach. He was hired by the Los Angeles Chargers at the end of the 2020 season, where he still stands today.

Ansley's successful defensive coaching resume has swayed the Chargers to make the promotion to defensive coordinator, giving Ansley a shot at getting their secondary back in shape for the 2023 season.

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