Two hours of sleep and a depleted voice, Kerry Coombs felt pure joy early Tuesday morning in Texas.
And yes, he was already thinking about his next recruiting stops.
Coombs, the Ohio State assistant football coach also known locally in Cincinnati for his prior success as a UC assistant and Colerain head coach, was on cloud nine after the Buckeyes’ 42-20 win over Oregon to win the College Football Playoff National Championship.
“It’s a little surreal and overwhelming,” Coombs told Cincinnati.com in a text Tuesday morning. “This was never really a part of the plan. I feel incredibly blessed and humbled to be enjoying this when I know there are so many other coaches who are every bit as good or better than I am.”
Ohio State is scheduled to return to Central Ohio by 4 p.m. today with a return to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center by 5 p.m. Ohio State plays host to Michigan in men’s basketball later tonight but football spokesman Jerry Emig said nothing is scheduled in regards to the football team at the Schottenstein Center.
Coombs just completed third season as coach of the cornerbacks and was given additional responsibility of special teams coordinator by Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer in February 2013.
Coombs’ celebration photo was Tweeted several times early Tuesday morning showing him ecstatic over the national title for the Buckeyes (14-1).
Dadgum I love Kerry Coombs pic.twitter.com/B2XfNPz5IQ
— David Wilkinson (@David11Alive) January 13, 2015
Coombs also won national championship in 1980 as a defensive back on the University of Dayton’s Division III title team.
Coombs, a 1979 Colerain graduate, compiled a 161-34 record as head coach with the Cardinals prior to UC. He won the Division I state title in ’04 and the Cardinals had 10 playoff appearances.
“I’ve been the recipient of a gift that has been given to me by hundreds of great high school football players and a couple of dozen coaches,” Coombs said. “I am here because of them and I will forever be in their debt.”
Coombs said his voice will bounce back and he is already looking ahead to what he can do to improve the Buckeyes.
“Hitting the recruiting trail Wednesday night,” Coombs said.