Buckeyes Announce Coombs Hiring

Ohio State's football staff under Urban Meyer is now complete with the announcement Wednesday that the program has added Kerry Coombs as cornerbacks coach. The former University of Cincinnati assistant is a big name in the Queen City.

Urban Meyer hopes the third time is the charm when it comes to hiring a defensive backs coach.

Though the hiring has been rumored for a while, Ohio State officially announced this afternoon that Meyer has added Kerry Coombs to his staff to coach cornerbacks. Coombs comes to Columbus from the University of Cincinnati, where he was associate head coach, special teams coordinator, defensive passing game coordinator and defensive backs coach.

"Kerry Coombs had an incredible record of achievement as a high school head coach and he is highly regarded as one of the great coaches in Ohio high school football history," Meyer said. "I have watched him coach in high school and at the University of Cincinnati and I have great respect for the way he works. He is a strong recruiter. He knows defense and special teams. And he is an excellent teacher."

Coombs spent five years at UC, developing a solid résumé. In his first campaign of 2007 with the Bearcats, he oversaw a secondary that led the NCAA with 26 interceptions. A year later, three UC defensive backs were drafted. In 2011, the Bearcats were fourth in the Big East in passing efficiency defense and picked off 16 passes.

"I am incredibly excited to be on this coaching staff," Coombs said. "I am overwhelmed by the quality of everything, especially the coaches and the players. When you grow up in Ohio, there are things you don't allow yourself to dream about. I watched Woody and Archie and Pete Johnson and Cornelius Greene … and now I get to coach here? This is unbelievably humbling and gratifying for me.

"This team is full of Ohio kids wanting to win a national championship for their state school. It's hard for me to imagine having a better opportunity than this."

Cincinnati head coach Butch Jones, who kept Coombs on staff upon his hiring after the 2009 season, told UC's official website that he was sad to see Coombs go.

"Obviously, family decisions come in and opportunities that maybe could set him up for a lifetime," Jones said. "We are very, very close. We spent a lot of time discussing it. At the end of the day, he has to make a decision that he feels best for him and his family."

Coombs leaving Cincinnati is a bit of a surprise, as he is a legend in the city that is crazed for high school football. While serving as coach at Cincinnati Colerain, Coombs was 161-34 in 16 seasons and led the Cardinals in a dominating run to the 2004 Division I state championship and an undefeated season.

Over Coombs' last seven seasons at his alma mater, the Cardinals won seven league titles while compiling an 86-8 record. His final team in 2006 went 13-1 and was ranked No. 1 in the final Ohio Associated Press poll and No. 18 in the USA Today national rankings despite falling in the state semifinals to eventual champ Hilliard Davidson. Coombs guided Colerain to 10 playoff appearances and seven undefeated regular-season records.

Amy Moeller, the mother of former OSU and Colerain defender Tyler Moeller, tweeted March 1 that she was happy to see the move.

"SO EXCITED for Kerry Coombs & family to be a part of Buckeye family... We moved our family back to Colerain so our boys could play for him," she wrote.

Coombs is a graduate of Dayton and was on the Flyers' 1980 Division III national championship team. He also has an advanced degree from Wright State.

Meyer at first planned to retain Taver Johnson, who had been OSU's cornerbacks coach for five seasons, but Johnson left in January to join former OSU safeties coach Paul Haynes at Arkansas.

OSU then hired Bill Sheridan, but he left OSU in February after being offered the job of defensive coordinator with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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