|Position:||Assistant Football Coach - Linebackers|
|Alma Mater:||McNeese State University|
Charlie Ayro is in his first season as the inside linebackers coach after he coached inside linebackers at McNeese State University in 2018. In the three years, he's instilled his knowledge of a position he once dominated as a player.
in 2018, Under Ayro, B.J. Blunt was named a 2018 Preseason first team All-SLC selection going into his senior season. Playing in ten games, Blunt registered 102 tackles (60 solo), 11 sacks, 20 tackles for loss, six pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and one blocked kick. Blunt was the recipient of the Southland Conference Defensive Player of the year, first team All-SLC honors and was an AP FCS First-Team All-American Following his stellar senior season. Blunt parlayed a productive collegiate career into an invite to play in the East-West Shrine Game. Signed as an undrafted free agent with Washington Redskins.
Ayro, gained additional experience during the summer of 2018, completing an internship with the New York Giants where he worked with the organization's Linebacker unit.
In 2017, Ayro's group helped anchor a much improved Defense that finish ranked No.1 in the FCS in rushing defense, first downs defense, and third down conversion defense. Linebacker Ashari Goins two-team captain and all-conference performer as well as newcomer BJ Blunt who came on strong when moved from safety to the linebacker position. Blunt earned all-conference honorable mention honors for the season.
In his first season of his second stint on staff, he mentored an aggressive and somewhat young linebacker group that was led by team captain Ashari Goins and Christian Jacobs. Goins finished third on the team with 57 total tackles to go along with five tackles for a loss.
Five times in that season, the cowboys held opponents to less 100 yards rushing with a low of 5 yards by Tarleton State.
Ayro spent 12 years at the high school ranks prior to returning to McNees, most recently as the defensive coordinator at Seven Lakes High School in Katy, Texas.
He was last on the Cowboys' staff in the 2001-03 seasons where he helped coach the Cowboys to the 2002 FCS national championship game and back-to-back Southland Conference championships. During that time he assisted with the defensive backs, coaching 2002 SLC Player of the Year Hadley Prince and NFL draftee Keith Smith.
As a player for McNeese, he was a consensus all-American for the Cowboys from 1995-98. He led the team in tackles three seasons and in addition to his career record in the category, his 171 tackles in 1998 still stands as a single-season record. Also that year he was named the conference's defensive player of the year and was named to fill all-America teams.
He had a stint in the professional ranks, playing arena football.
Ayro, a 2010 inductee into the McNeese Sports Hall of Fame.
After he earned his master's degree at McNeese in 2003, he went on to coach six seasons at Lamar Consolidated as linebacker coach from 2004-09 and helping the Mustangs to the Division 4A Texas State Championship in 2007. He served as defensive coordinator at LaGrange High School here in Lake Charles from 2012-12 before moving back to Texas in Katy.
Ayro is married to Mrs. Courtney Ayro and has three children, Kyndal, Cayden and Caleb.