Jeff Brohm is leaving Western Kentucky to take the head coaching job at Purdue.
The Boilermakers announced the move Monday, calling him “one of the most innovative offensive masterminds in college football.” An afternoon news conference was scheduled to introduce Brohm. Western Kentucky said Nick Holt will coach the Hilltopppers (10-3) in the Boca Raton Bowl against Memphis (8-4) on Dec. 20.
Brohm replaces Darrell Hazell, who was fired after winning just nine games in 3½ seasons. Gerad Parker took over on an interim basis halfway through last season and went 0-6.
Brohm, a former Louisville quarterback, went 30-10 in three seasons at Western Kentucky and has led the Hilltoppers to bowl bids all three seasons. Now he will get to work with quarterback David Blough, a two-year starter, at the Cradle of Quarterbacks .
Purdue said Brohm agreed to a six-year deal. Financial terms were not immediately available.
“He is a coach who already has achieved tremendous success and, at the same time, has incredible upside,” athletic director Mike Bobinski said in a statement. “His reputation and record of accomplishment as an innovative offensive coach and developer of quarterbacks is second to none. That pedigree, combined with his commitment to developing the complete student-athlete and doing so with integrity makes him a perfect fit for Purdue.”
During Brohm’s tenure, the Hilltoppers averaged 44.6 points, 356.6 passing yards and 526.2 yards of total offense. Western Kentucky’s starting quarterbacks also completed 69.2 percent of their passes and threw 131 touchdown passes.
The Boilermakers are hoping that kind of wide-open offense will create excitement around campus and help resuscitate the dwindling attendance at Ross-Ade Stadium, like it did in the late 1990s when Joe Tiller arrived from Wyoming.
Purdue went 3-9 this season, winning just one game. The Boilermakers did not play in any bowl games under Hazell, and they’ll open next season against Brohm’s alma mater at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sept. 2.
Brohm worked with the Louisville Fire of the af2 league in 2002 then returned to Louisville as quarterbacks coach from 2003-06. He served as the Cardinals assistant head coach in 2007 and 2008 before taking the quarterbacks coaching job at Florida Atlantic in 2009. He spent the next two seasons coaching quarterbacks at Illinois. In 2012, he took over as UAB’s offensive coordinator, then was hired as Western’s assistant head coach/offensive coordinator in 2013.
He was promoted to head coach the next season.
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