COLUMBUS – Ohio State University cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs has been named the team's special teams coordinator. Head coach Urban Meyer announced the promotion of Coombs.
"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 is in his 31st year of coaching, including his seventh on the collegiate level. Prior to his position at Ohio State, he spent five years at the University of Cincinnati and he was the special teams coordinator for three seasons, from 2009-11.
"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."
Coombs not only helped coach Ohio State to a 12-0 record this year, but he also coached the only pair of cornerbacks from one school in the nation – sophomore Bradley Roby and senior Travis Howard – to first-team all-conference honors. Roby, in fact, led the nation with 1.73 passes defended per game, a total that included a school-record-tying 17 pass break-ups. Howard led the Big Ten in interceptions with four and .33 per game.
Coombs is a lifelong Ohioan. He grew up in Colerain, graduated from Colerain High School in 1979 and from the University of Dayton in 1983, and has a master's degree from Wright State (1996).