This has been one of the most rewarding seasons Kerry Coombs has ever experienced in 32 years of coaching football.
And for good reason.
Ohio State (13-1) plays Oregon (13-1) in the College Football Playoff National Championship at 8:30 p.m. ET Monday in Arlington, Texas. The game will be televised on ESPN.
Coombs, the Ohio State cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator, has a rare opportunity to add a national title on the biggest stage of college football Monday night to a state title he won as Colerain head coach in 2004.
“Obviously I am very excited to be a part of this experience,” Coombs told Cincinnati.com Friday afternoon. “The players on this team are truly unique in the manner in which they care for one another.”
Coombs is known for his energetic personality and passionate demeanor on the sidelines and in recruiting. He is responsible for Ohio State’s recruiting efforts in the Cincinnati area and elsewhere.
Coombs is in his third season as coach of the cornerbacks and was given additional responsibility of special teams coordinator by Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer in February 2013.
Prior to Columbus, Coombs spent five seasons at the University of Cincinnati, including three years as associate head coach in addition to being defensive backs coach and special teams coordinator.
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.
“It is great to see one of our own getting a chance to win a national title,” said Colerain athletic director Dan Bolden, a 1982 Colerain graduate. “Kerry is doing what he loves to do and that is to coach football. We are all rooting for him to get a chance to win the title.”
Colerain Elementary School displayed ‘Good luck coach Coombs’ and ‘Go Bucks’ outside on Friday. Coombs was flattered by the support. He is also thankful for the journey the Buckeyes have been on going into Cowboys Stadium Monday night in front of a national audience.
“It has been one of the most rewarding seasons I have ever had in coaching, due not just to the victories, but to the quality of the men that have achieved them,” Coombs said.