Ohio State bringing Kerry Coombs back as defensive coordinator

Tennessee Titans secondary coach Kerry Coombs yells to players during NFL football minicamp Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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Kerry Coombs is returning to Ohio State.

The university announced Monday that Coombs has been named the football program’s new defensive coordinator.

Coombs is replacing Jeff Hafley who was recently named the head coach at Boston College.

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“Kerry Coombs is the coach I was really hoping we could hire and bring back to Ohio State,” head coach Ryan Day said. “He is an excellent coach and he has had two outstanding seasons in the NFL on Mike Vrabel’s staff with the Tennessee Titans.

“I’ve spent a season on staff with Kerry and I really like his coaching and knowledge of the game, but I also like that he knows Ohio State and he knows how to recruit to Ohio State. He’s recruited some of the players currently on the team and he coached a handful of Buckeye defensive backs who went on to become first-round NFL draft picks.”

Coombs coached for the Buckeyes from 2012-17. He began as the cornerbacks coach. In 2013, he was named as the special team's coordinator.

Coombs was promoted to the position of assistant coordinator for the defense in 2016.

Coombs left the program in 2017 to join the Tennessee Titans as the cornerbacks coach.

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