COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State football program announced on Thursday that Kerry Coombs has been promoted to a new title with the Buckeyes, Assistant Coordinator, Defense.
Coombs is one of two assistants to be on staff for all five of Urban Meyer's five seasons at Ohio State. Coombs will remain in charge of the cornerbacks and serve as the team's special teams coordinator.
Coombs has been with the Ohio State since the 2012 season and has seen a great deal of success for his players in recent years in the eyes of the NFL. Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley were both drafted in the first round of the most recent NFL Draft while Eli Apple was taken No. 10 overall in the 2016 draft.
Coombs is also known as a tenacious recruiter and was named the Rivals.com recruiter of the year for the class of 2017.
While Coombs denies that there was any chance that he was leaving Ohio State to follow Luke Fickell to Cincinnati, there were some tense moments in Buckeye Nation with the thought of losing Coombs, the former UC assistant and Cincinnati high school coaching legend.
Urban Meyer went to social media after that whole exchange happened, one that forced Coombs to issue a statement via Twitter, with a tweet of his own expressing how happy he was that Coombs was not going anywhere and that more opportunity would be coming Coombs' way at Ohio State.
Great news! My rt-hand man, Kerry Coombs, is a Buckeye! In add to coordinating the SPT, he will have an expanded coordinating role on our D
— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) December 10, 2016
Meyer made good on that promise on Thursday.
“Kerry Coombs is absolutely deserving of this promotion to assistant coordinator, defense,” Meyer said on Thursday via university press release. “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.”