Ohio State is reportedly set to hire former assistant coach Kerry Coombs as its next defensive coordinator and will spare no expense to do so.
According to Bill Rabinowitz of The Columbus Dispatch, Coombs will be the second highest-paid assistant in program history. His base salary for 2020 will reportedly be $1.2 million.
Coombs’ first stint at Ohio State ran from 2012-17. He coached cornerbacks all six seasons and was the special teams coordinator from 2013-17, as well as the assistant defensive coordinator in his final season.
Coombs spent the last two seasons as the secondary coach of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans.
I was mistaken when I wrote Kerry Coombs will be the highest-paid assistant coach in OSU history. His salary of at least $1.2 million is more than anyone made last year, but Greg Schiano had a base salary of $1.5 million in 2018.
— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) January 20, 2020
Coombs earned a reputation as a stellar teacher and player developer as well as a proficient recruiter during his first stint in Columbus.
He’s taking the place of Jeff Hafley, who split defensive coordinator duties with Greg Mattison last season and was recently hired as the head coach at Boston College.
Mattison made $1.1 million in 2019.