March 13, 2012
Coombs is ready to go
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Known for his passion and his energetic coaching style, new Ohio State cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs plans to bring those things with him to Columbus. The long-time resident of Cincinnati was a legendary high school coaching figure at Colerain High School before taking a position at the University of Cincinnati. Despite his ties to the Queen City, Coombs literally jumped at the opportunity to head to Columbus when he took the call from Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer.
"Oh my goodness, you don't hesitate (to take this job offer)," said Coombs. "I was out of my seat saying yes before he finished asking the question. You don't wait to take a job like this."
Since taking the job, Coombs has hit the ground running both on the recruiting trail and on getting caught up with knowing his personnel. So far, Coombs likes what he sees out of his group of corners.
"It's exciting," he said. "These kids are eager. They don't want to be good, they want to be great. They want to be the best in the country. We've got a sign on our door that says 'B.I.A.' Best in America and that's who we're going to be. Every day since I've been here they have come into the office to watch film on their own. They understand the challenges that are ahead of them but they are excited about it and I could not be more excited to coach them, they are eager to learn."
As for working with Meyer, the two have known each other for years as Meyer recruited Colerain High School during his first head coaching gig.
"I met coach Meyer when he was the head coach at Bowling Green, he came in to recruit my high school," Coombs explained. "He was the only head coach in all of my 24 years of coaching high school that came in to recruit on his own. Coaches always come with assistants but not coach Meyer. He said, 'why do I need my assistants? I can do this job', and he was a thorough recruiter."
It was during Meyer's second head coaching job that Coombs found an even greater level of respect for the then up-and-comer in the college coaching ranks. The veteran high school coach reached out to ask a favor and got more than he bargained for.
"In 2004, he was speaking at a clinic at the University of Cincinnati and he was (coaching) at Utah and I had a son that was going to be a senior (in high school) that was a player and I really couldn't evaluate him fairly because he was my own kid and you're not impartial about your own kid."
"I asked coach Meyer, who I knew wasn't going to recruit him because he was at Utah, if he would give me an evaluation of him," he continued. "I didn't know what I was asking him back then, but now I know, that's a big pain in the butt for a guy. Three days later I get a full evaluation on my son from the staff at Utah. That told me everything that I needed to know about Urban Meyer. You had no doubt back then that he was going to be successful."
As for the verdict on Meyer's scouting report of his son?
"It was a full page, detailed about all of his strengths and weaknesses," Coombs explained. "It told me exactly what level of play that he could play at and it turned out to be extremely accurate. It said he was a WAC/MAC level player and he ended up going to Miami (OH) to play his ball so they knew their business and how to evaluate talent."
Since that time, Coombs has considered himself an observer and admirer of Meyer's career, except for that one day back in January of 2010.
"I've followed him from a far, except for the Sugar Bowl where he absolutely beat our brains in," Coombs laughed. "You get an opportunity to work with somebody like this, you seize it."
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