Kerry Coombs has more reason to be enthusiastic. On Friday, Urban Meyer gave the high-energy cornerbacks coach an added promotion: special teams coordinator. Coombs will still be the cornerbacks coach.
“Kerry Coombs is an excellent coach who has a great deal of experience and expertise with special teams,” Meyer said. “He is an outstanding teacher, an excellent motivator and he has a true passion for special teams.”
Coombs, a voracious presence on the coaching staff, became a fan-favorite soon after his hiring due to an energy level that seems unmatched. He came to Ohio State from the University of Cincinnati. During his stint at UC, Coombs served three seasons as the special teams coordinator. Before his job with the Bearcats, Coombs enjoyed a successful head coaching career at powerhouse Colerain High School in Cincinnati, where he won a state championship and made a name for himself as one of the top coaches in the football-mad state.
Ohio State was the only team in the country to have two cornerbacks named first-team all-conference last season (Bradley Roby and Travis Howard). Roby set a school record with 17 pass break-ups and led the nation with 1.73 passes defended per game. Howard led the Big Ten with four interceptions.
“I am incredibly excited and honored to be given the responsibility of special teams coordinator,” Coombs said. “The special teams have always been a part of the game that I have enjoyed coaching. These plays are so critical to the success of a team, and they can really swing momentum. I look forward to having an increased role in the development of them.”