Garvin G. Ambrose enters his fifth season as the volunteer assistant high jump coach. Under Ambrose's guidance, UIC's high jump athletes have been quite successful and consistently place in the top three at the conference championships. The 2010 Indoor and Outdoor campaigns were especially successful with Constance Sciacero placing second at both championships, Justin Higginbotham placing third at the Indoor Championships, and both Andy Wall and Laurel Heath placing third at the Outdoor Championships.
Ambrose was a four-year member of the Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) track and field team and competed for the football team as a wide receiver in 2001. He was a two-time Ohio Valley Conference champion in the high jump with a personal-best mark of 6'11". Ambrose also competed in the long jump, triple jump, 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relays.
Ambrose received his Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from SEMO in 2001, followed by his law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan in 2005.
When Ambrose is not volunteering as the Flames' high jump coach, he works as an Executive Assistant State's Attorney in the Legislative Unit of the Cook County State's Attorney Office.
He is married to Toya R. Ambrose, former head coach of the UIC Dancing Flames and current Head Coach of the Spirit Programs (Dance, Cheer and Mascot) at the University of Connecticut.