One of the easiest aspects of putting together a collegiate coaching staff is finding a special teams coordinator. Seriously, it's easy. Look around your staff. Find the most intense guy on it. Congratulations, that's your special teams coordinator. He'll be the one motivating guys to go running full-speed into contact coming full-speed the other way, or plowing straight into a line in the dim hopes of swatting a kick, or hurling into the impact point of a punt. Special teams is no place for the meek.
Ohio State has such a coach, and that's cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs. And sure enough, let's tack on "special teams coordinator" to his job title, because that's exactly what Ohio State announced over the past weekend.
Here's more from ABC 13 in Toledo:
Ohio State University cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs has been named the team's special teams coordinator. Head coach Urban Meyer announced the promotion of Coombs.
"Kerry Coombs is an excellent coach who has a great deal of experience and expertise with special teams," Meyer said. "He is an outstanding teacher, an excellent motivator and he has a true passion for special teams."
"I am incredibly excited and honored to be given the responsibility of special teams coordinator," Coombs said. "The special teams have always been a part of the game that I have enjoyed coaching. These plays are so critical to the success of a team, and they can really swing momentum. I look forward to having an increased role in the development of them."
This move makes sense on a number of levels. For one, Coombs has experience in special teams; prior to coming to Ohio State under Urban Meyer, Coombs was the special teams coordinator at Cincinnati (the school, not the Bengals) for three years. And the Bearcats were fine on special teams during that time.
The real reason why Coombs is a great addition to special teams? As Meyer said earlier: He's an "excellent motivator." Listen to this speech he gave to recent signee Ezekiel Elliott and other recruits after the Michigan game ended the Buckeyes' 2012 season at 12-0:
Now, you're ready to run through a brick wall, right? Or at the very least into an angry backup tight end blocking for a kick returner 10 yards behind him? If you're not pumped up by that, check your pulse; you may be dead.
So, needless to say, we approve of Coombs' ascension to this title, and we're eager to see what he'll be able to accomplish on special teams with the caliber of athlete Ohio State puts on the field.