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Ansley rejoining Tide staff

By Michael Butler

Tallassee's own, Derrick Ansley, is returning to his home state. The former Tallassee Tiger is taking over as secondary coach at the University of Alabama.

This is not Ansley's first go-round at the Capstone. He was a graduate assistant on Nick Saban's staff during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Alabama won the national championship in '11.

Ansley's most recent postion was cornerbacks coach at Kentucky under Mark Stoops. Stoops promoted Ansley to co-defensive coordinator last month.

After receiving interest from other programs, Ansley, 34, was given the promotion and a raise reported at $375,000.

Ansley is on the fast track of the coaching ladder among his college football cohorts. He spent three seasons in Lexington after a season with Tennessee in 2012. His first coaching assignment was at Huntingdon in 2005, where he spent five seasons after graduating from Troy University.

A first-team All-Sun Belt selection as a senior in '04, Ansley was an all-state high school player while at Tallassee, leading the Tigers to a 13-1 record and a state semifinal appearance in 1999.

Ansley and his wife Alaea have one daughter, Selena.

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