Melvin “Tim” Ambrose began his athletic career competing in youth baseball, basketball, and football leagues, earning All-Star selections. He continued these sports at Frederick High School and Thomas Johnson High School with All-League honors. He was awarded a football scholarship to Southern Illinois University, again earning honors. Ambrose was appointed head football coach at Middletown High School in 1973. Over the next 24 years, Ambrose compiled a 163–55 record, winning numerous MVAL titles and state playoff opportunities. He served 10 years as president of the county coaches association. Tim Ambrose is highly respected by parents, players, and coaches alike.