As Kerry Coombs continues to transition from high school administrator
and head football coach to full time assistant coach at the
Another difference in Coombs' daily chores is he spends all his time either coaching or recruiting. There are no more administrative duties as an assistant principal. Coach Coombs made it clear that having to recruit has not been a problem. "I really like recruiting because I really like kids. We had a great visit this weekend with a kid, and I really enjoyed that. I could lie to you and say I enjoy all the weekends in January that I didn't use to have when you go from 5 on Friday afternoon until 2 on Sunday afternoon, but the contact with the kids and coaches is really neat."
The ex-Colerain head coach has certainly done a fine job as a position coach.
His defensive backs are leading the country in interceptions with twelve in
only four games. As expected, the
veteran deflected all the credit to his players. "The kids have played great and are
preparing well. We didn't have a
great week last week as far as interceptions were concerned. We should have had five, and we got
one. It's something we'll continue
to work on, but honestly, we didn't think we played our best game last
week. But we're playing great
passing offenses too.
Coach Coombs knows Aztec quarterback Kevin O'Connell will present a major
challenge this weekend to his players.
"He's very similar to the quarterback we just faced at
Mike Mickens already has four interceptions while DeAngelo Smith has three. Both juniors have performed like All-BIG EAST caliber cornerbacks. Coombs agreed but didn't limit his praise to his corners, "I haven't seen all the other teams in the BIG EAST yet, but if there are four players playing better in the country than our guys, I would be surprised. All four of them are worthy of recognition, but we've only played a third of the season." Haruki Nakamura and Anthony Williams have been the starting safeties. Coach Coombs continued. "The thing I like best about them is I don't think they're worried about that (post season honors). I think they just worry about improving every day and trying to win games."
When asked if he'd changed anything, Kerry gave his usual refrain. "Every day is like Christmas. I keep saying that, but the reality is I
wish I had more time for my family.
That's a challenge, and I don't know what else to do other than move them
down here on campus because this job requires a lot of hours. But I am working with great coaches, and
I've learned an unbelievable amount about being a head coach, the college game,
interaction with people and motivating people. There are some things I thought I was
good at, but I've found there are better people. Other than getting to spend time with my
family and getting to see my son play at
Bearcat fans wouldn't change a thing either as Coombs has continued to
prove himself to be one of the best coaches the