A prolific recruiter, Coombs was promoted to Ohio State assistant defensive coordinator in June 2016. Before Ohio State, he spent five seasons as an assistant at UC.
Coombs built his legend as head coach at Colerain High School, his alma mater. He led Colerain to the Ohio Division I playoffs 10 times in 16 years. The Cardinals reached the state semifinals five times and won the 2004 state title with a 15-0 mark. Coombs had a 161-34 record as head coach at Colerain.
Coombs graduated from Colerain in 1979 and from the University of Dayton in 1983, and he has a master’s degree from Wright State University.