Aug. 20, 2007
Kerry Coombs, who directed Colerain High in suburban Cincinnati to a Division I state championship (2004) and four other semifinal appearances, makes his collegiate debut coaching defensive backs.
One of the most celebrated prep coaches in Ohio, Coombs compiled a 161-34 (.826) record in 16 seasons at Colerain. His 2004 team posted a 15-0 record and won the state's Division I title with a 50-10 win in the championship game. Over his last seven seasons, Colerain won seven league titles while compiling an 86-8(.915) record. Coombs' 2006 team went 13-1 and was ranked No. 1 in the final Ohio Associated Press poll and No. 18 in the USA Today national rankings.
His success at Colerain emphasized a defense he personally coached. In 2006, the Cardinals posted six shutouts and yielded just over a touchdown per game. Coombs has mentored two of the last three Ohio Division I Defensive Player of the Year award winners, including UC defensive tackle Terrill Byrd, who was also the national high school Defensive Player of the Year in 2004.
Coombs guided Colerain to 10 playoff appearances and seven undefeated regular-season records. The Cardinals won the Greater Miami Conference title and advanced to the regional finals of the state playoffs in each of his final seven seasons.
A member of the University of Dayton's 1980 NCAA Division III National Championship team, Coombs completed his bachelor's degree from Dayton in 1983 and later earned his master's in education from Wright State.