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Kerry Coombs confirms leaving Ohio State for NFL

Posted: 11:54 AM, Jan 29, 2018
Updated: 2018-02-01 00:56:59Z

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Greater Cincinnati football coaching legend Kerry Coombs is leaving the Ohio State University for a job with the NFL.

Coombs waited several days to confirm the news after media reports leaked it.

Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer  wished Coombs and his wife Holly "the very best." 

"Kerry is a great coach and a great friend, and I thank him for the contributions he has made to this program in his six years with us," Meyer's statement said.

Pete Thamel, with Yahoo Sports was first to report that Coombs would join the Tennessee Titans as defensive backs coach. Coombs worked with new Titans head coach Mike Vrabel at OSU.

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.