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Rob Ash

Rob Ash is reportedly a candidate for the vacant head coaching job at Lamar.

Former Montana State football coach Rob Ash has applied for the vacant head coaching job at Lamar, the Port Arthur (Texas) News reported Monday.

Ash served as the Bobcats’ head coach from 2007-15, accumulating a 70-38 record and three Big Sky Conference championships. Ash spent this past season as an offensive analyst at Arkansas under coach Bret Bielema.

“I’m interested in obtaining a head coaching job again,” Ash told The News. “I ventured out and had a great experience (at Arkansas). It’s been exciting. It’s been great for me to be here, but I’m ready to move on.”

Ash was fired at Montana State last November following a 5-6 season, which included a 54-35 home loss to rival Montana. It was Ash’s only losing season with the Bobcats.

Last December, Ash was a candidate for head coaching jobs at both Southern Utah and Western Illinois. In 36 seasons as a collegiate head coach, including 18 seasons at Drake, Ash has a 247-135-5 record.

Lamar is an NCAA Division I FCS program located in Beaumont, Texas. The Cardinals compete in the Southland Conference. They went 3-8 in 2016. The school recently parted ways with coach Ray Woodard after seven seasons and a 34-48 record.

No other candidates have been reported.

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