Coombs Pegged To Aide Schiano

By Jeff Rapp, June 24th, 2017

Back in December, rumors swirled that Ohio State assistant football coach Kerry Coombs would be returning to his hometown of Cincinnati to help Luke Fickell coach the the University of Cincinnati Bearcats.

That, however, did not happen, prompting some to believe OSU head coach Urban Meyer would someday reward Coombs for staying put. In fact, Meyer hinted Coombs would have an expanded role on his coaching staff in the future.

That time, apparently, has come.

Earlier this week, the university announced Coombs has been promoted to assistant coordinator for the defense. It seems like an apt appointment for a staffer who has excelled at luring in talent, running special teams units, sending scads of defensive backs to the NFL and generally being the program’s most outspoken cheerleader in the Meyer era.

Coombs, one of two assistants on staff who has coached in each of Meyer’s first five seasons at Ohio State, also retains his positions as cornerbacks coach and special team’s coordinator.

“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.”

Coombs mad a name for himself as the head coach at Cincinnati Colerain High School and also as a valued assistant at UC. At Ohio State, his reputation has only grown in stature. Most notable, every one of his starting CBs at Ohio State has reached the NFL.

That accomplishment includes three corners being selected in the first round of the past two drafts.

Some highlights follow:

• Both of his starting cornerbacks in 2016 – Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley – were selected in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft, setting the record of three cornerbacks chosen over consecutive drafts. Lattimore went No. 11 to the New Orleans Saints and Conley went to Oakland with the 24th pick.

Eli Apple was a first-round NFL Draft pick in 2016, taken with the 10th overall pick by the New York Giants.

Doran Grant was taken in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft by Pittsburgh.

Bradley Roby was a first-round NFL Draft pick of the Denver Broncos in 2014.

Travis Howard signed a free agent contract in 2013 with Houston.

Coombs basically has restocked his own cupboard as several top-tier cornerback prospects joined ranks in the most recent signing class, which is one reason why pegged him as the 2017 National Recruiter of the Year.

This fall, OSU could rotate several players at the position, although veterans Denzel Ward and Damon Arnette will be listed with the first team defense heading into preseason camp.
2017 Ohio State Football Coaching Staff

Urban Meyer – Head Coach

Kevin Wilson – Offensive Coordinator / Tight Ends
Ryan Day – Co-Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks
Tony Alford – Assistant Head Coach for Offense / Running Backs
Greg Studrawa – Offensive Line
Zach Smith – Wide Receivers

Greg Schiano – Associate Head Coach / Defensive Coordinator / Safeties
Kerry Coombs – Assistant Coordinator, Defense / Cornerbacks / Special Teams Coordinator
Larry Johnson – Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Line
Billy Davis – Linebackers

Strength and Conditioning
Mick Marotti – Assistant AD, Director of Football Sports Performance