Ashley takes over the Hogs’ defensive line after spending the last six seasons coaching the defensive line at Tulsa. Last season the Golden Hurricane produced one of the best defenses in the American Athletic Conference, allowing just 333 yards per game to trail only Cincinnati in the league. In 2020, Ashley coached All-American Athletic Conference first teamer Jaxon Player, whose 9.5 tackles for loss were the second-most on the team. He helped the Golden Hurricane defense improve during his time in Tulsa, aiding in the transition from a four-man front to a 3-3-5 base defense in 2018.
Prior to joining Tulsa, Ashley spent two seasons at Trinity Valley Community College in Texas helping the Cardinals go 22-2 in 2013-14. In his first season, the Cardinal defense led the Southwest Junior College Football Conference (SWJCFC) in total defense, rushing defense, scoring defense and quarterback sacks. TVCC posted a 10-2 record that season, while winning the SWJCFC title, regional championship and the Heart of Texas Bowl with a 72-23 win over Mesa (Ariz.) College. TVCC repeated as conference, regional and Heart of Texas Bowl Champions in 2014, while compiling a perfect 12-0 record.
He was a graduate assistant at Oklahoma State for three seasons (2010-12) working with defensive coordinator and defensive line coach Bill Young. Ashley was on staff when the Cowboys went to the 2010 Alamo Bowl, 2011 Fiesta Bowl and 2012 Heart of Texas Bowl. During his time at OSU, Ashley helped coached three defensive linemen who earned all-Big 12 honors, including Ugo Chinasa, Jaimie Blatnik and Big 12 Newcomer of the Year Calvin Barnett.
A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Ashley attended Keller Fossil Ridge High School, then played two seasons at Tyler Junior College where he was an NJCAA All-America defensive end. He then moved to the University of Kansas to continue his education and playing career. Ashley was a two-year starting defensive end for the Jayhawks, earning all-Big 12 honors in 2004 and 2005.
Following his playing career, Ashley signed a free agent contract with the Cleveland Browns. He also spent a few years in private business before entering the coaching profession at Oklahoma State in 2010.
Ashley earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Kansas in 2008. He and his wife, Calli, have two daughters, Eliana and Emory, and son Miles.
Jermial Ashley Profile
Birthdate: January 28, 1983
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas
High School: Fossil Ridge High School
College: Kansas 2008 – bachelor’s degree in economics
Family: Wife – Calli; Daughers Eliana and Emory; Son – Miles
2015-20 Tulsa (DL)
2013-14 Trinity Valley Community College (DL)
2010-12 Oklahoma State (graduate assistant – DL)
2002-03 Tyler Junior College