Ohio State football announced Thursday that head coach Urban Meyer has made a personnel decision, promoting the fan-favorite Kerry Coombs to Assistant Coordinator, Defense. Coombs will retain his positions as cornerbacks coach and special teams’ coordinator, in addition to his new role and responsibilities.
Coombs is one of only two assistants to coach under Meyer all of his five seasons in Columbus. He started out only coaching cornerbacks, but earned the special teams’ coordinator role during his second year at OSU.
“Kerry Coombs is absolutely deserving of this promotion to assistant coordinator, defense,” Meyer said. “He is an outstanding coach, instructor and mentor to the young men in this program. He is one of the best recruiters in the nation. He is incredibly loyal, and we at Ohio State are very fortunate that he loves this school and loves being a Buckeye.”
Aside from his fiery sideline persona, his position groups have seen impressive results, and not just in college, but at the next level too. Under Coombs, Ohio State set NFL Draft history with three cornerbacks taken in the first round over the past two drafts.
His success on and off the field has been a big draw for recruits, which will keep him in Meyer’s favor for quite awhile. Coombs has also proven to be one of OSU’s most important and reliable recruiters, planting flags across the country.