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Cincinnati hiring Kerry Coombs as cornerbacks coach, special teams coordinator: Sources - The Athletic

The former Ohio State defensive coordinator spent 2007-2011 on the Bearcats' staff.

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Cincinnati hiring Kerry Coombs as cornerbacks coach, special teams coordinator: Sources - The Athletic Image

The Cincinnati Bearcats and head coach Luke Fickell are set to make another addition to the staff, and it’s another familiar name. Kerry Coombs is joining Cincinnati as its new cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator, sources confirmed to The Athletic. An official announcement is expected soon.

The Queen City native returns home where he previously worked as a position coach for the Bearcats from 2007 to 2011, and prior to that as the longtime head coach at local Colerain High School, where he led the Cardinals to the 2004 Ohio Division I state championship.

Coombs spent the last two years as defensive coordinator at Ohio State under Ryan Day. Prior to that, he was in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans under former Buckeyes player (and close friend of Fickell) Mike Vrabel. Coombs’ first stint at Ohio State was from 2012 to 2017, where he worked alongside Fickell on the team’s defensive staff.

Coombs replaces Perry Eliano as corners coach at Cincinnati, just days after Eliano joined Ohio State as a defensive backs coach in the wake of Coombs’ departure. Coombs also takes over the Bearcats’ special teams duties that were previously held by Brian Mason, who left for the same position on Marcus Freeman’s staff at Notre Dame.

With the additions of Coombs and offensive line coach Mike Cummings, as well as elevating quarterbacks coach Gino Guidugli to offensive coordinator, Fickell has two remaining openings for on-field assistant positions: tight ends and outside linebackers coaches.

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