Kerry Coombs
Kerry  Coombs

Assistant Coordinator, Defense/Cornerbacks/Special Teams Coordinator

Alma Mater:
Dayton '83


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Kerry Coombs
Assistant Coordinator, Defense/Cornerbacks/Special Teams Coordinator
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Kerry Coombs coached at Ohio State for six seasons, from 2012-17. He was promoted to the position of Assistant Coordinator, Defense by head coach Urban Meyer in June 2017. He also worked with the Ohio State cornerbacks and as special team’s coordinator. He resigned in January 2018 to pursue an opportunity in the National Football League. 

Coombs’ outstanding tenure at Ohio State included the truly remarkable – he’s had an NFL Draft history first with three cornerbacks taken in the first round of the past two NFL Drafts – and the remarkable: every one of his starters at cornerback has reached the NFL. Consider:

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

Denzel Ward, a unanimous All-American in 2017, is likely to make it four first-round cornerbacks in the the last three drafts when he is selected in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Lattimore and Conley helped Ohio State rank fourth nationally in 2016 with 21 interceptions – each player had four – and first nationally with seven interceptions returned for touchdowns. Ohio State was also third nationally in passing efficiency defense. Conley was a team captain. Lattimore was first-team all-Big Ten.

Apple was a freshman All-American as a starter on the 2014 national championship team and earned second-team all-Big Ten honors as a third-year sophomore in 2015.

Grant made it three consecutive years for a cornerback to be named first-team all-Big Ten when he was honored in 2014 after serving as co-captain of Ohio State’s College Football Playoff national championship team.

Howard and Roby was the only pair of cornerbacks from one school in the nation to earn first-team all-conference honors in 2012. 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, and he was named a first-team All-American. Howard led the Big Ten in interceptions with four and .33 per game. Roby repeated as a first-team all-Big Ten performer in 2013.

The 2017 season is Coombs’ 35th in coaching, a tenure that includes a highly successful 16-year run as head coach at Colerain High School, located just outside of Cincinnati.

Prior to his position with Ohio State, Coombs spent five seasons at the University of Cincinnati, including three years as associate head coach in addition to his responsibilities as the team’s defensive backs coach and special teams coordinator.

Hired away from Colerain by Brian Kelly after the 2006 high school season, Coombs was part of Kelly’s three Cincinnati teams that were 33-7 overall and played in BCS bowl games after the 2008 (Orange Bowl vs. Virginia Tech) and 2009 (Sugar Bowl vs. Florida) seasons.

After Kelly left UC for Notre Dame after the 2009 season, Coombs stayed on new UC coach Butch Jones’ staff for two years.

While at UC Coombs mentored four NFL draft picks: second-team All-American and UC career interception leader Mike Mickens (Dallas Cowboys), 2007 NCAA interception leader DeAngelo Smith (Dallas Cowboys), all-BIG EAST performer Brandon Underwood (Green Bay Packers) and Haruki Nakamura (Baltimore Ravens). The Bearcats led the nation with 26 interceptions in 2007.

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).

Coombs was a member of the University of Dayton’s 1980 Division III national championship team while studying secondary education. He then charged through the high school ranks: spending two seasons as an assistant at Greenhills High School and four at Lakota before taking over as head coach at Loveland in 1989. Two years later – 1991 – he took over at Colerain.

In 16 seasons at Colerain Coombs’ teams went to 10 state playoffs, including five state semifinal berths. His 2004 team won the Division I state championship with a 15-0 mark. Colerain won seven consecutive Greater Miami Conference championships from 2000-06, and Coombs had a 161-34 record as head coach. His overall head coaching record through 18 seasons is 167-48.

Coombs and his wife, Holly, are the parents of three grown children: son Brayden played collegiately at Miami (Ohio) and is currently on staff with the Cincinnati Bengals; daughter Cortney played soccer at Ball State; and son Dylan is in the Lindner Honors Plus business program at the University of Cincinnati.

Kerry Coombs Coaching Experience

2017        Ast. Coord, Defense/CBs/Spec. Teams Cd. Ohio State
2013-16 Cornerbacks/Special Teams Coord. Ohio State
2012 Cornerbacks Ohio State
2009-11 Assoc. Head Coach/DBs/Special Teams Cincinnati
2007-08 Defensive Backs Cincinnati
1991-06 Head Coach Colerain H.S. (Cincinnati)
1989-90 Head Coach Loveland (Ohio) H.S.
1985-88 Assistant Coach Lakota (Ohio) H.S.
1983-84 Assistant Coach Greenhills (Ohio) H.S.

Kerry Coombs Quick Facts
Hometown: Colerain, Ohio
High School: Colerain
Alma Mater: Dayton (1983)
Year in Coaching: 35th (Sixth year at Ohio State)
Family: Wife, Holly
Children: Sons, Brayden (wife is Alex) and Dylan (wife is Ciara); daughter, Cortney (husband is Rob); five grandchildren: Harper, Avery, Gibson, Cameron and Austin.