The Ohio State Buckeyes took a huge step forward last Sunday afternoon when coach Urban Meyer gave the special teams keys to cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs.
Meyer believes that Coombs, who is entering his second season with the program, is a perfect fit for the job.
“Kerry Coombs is an excellent coach who has a great deal of experience and expertise with special teams,” he said, according to 13abc.com. “He is an outstanding teacher, an excellent motivator and he has a true passion for special teams.”
Meyer wasn’t exaggerating when he pointed out Coombs’ ability to motivate, along with his passion for special teams and the game of football.
Coombs is well-known as a high-energy guy that is at his best when he’s running around getting players pumped up for action. And what does special teams require? You got it: a lot of adrenaline.
“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.”
Not only does this move make sense from a “motivation” standpoint, but it makes sense on paper, too.
Coombs helped Bradley Roby and Travis Howard earn first-team all-conference awards this past season, the only pair of cornerbacks on the same team to do so.
He also has 31 years of coaching experience, including a prior job held with the Cincinnati Bearcats, where he was the special teams coordinator from 2009-11.
Cincinnati was a very successful special teams unit during his tenure, to say the least.
Ohio State has slowly progressed in this area over the last several years, but still needs some tuning. Coombs’ promotion, along with the addition of some explosive recruits, should help speed that process up, though.