Sports
3:27 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

At WKU, the New Football Staff is Rooted in Louisville Cardinal Memories

Jeff Brohm is WKU's new offensive coordinator and assistant head coach.
Jeff Brohm is WKU's new offensive coordinator and assistant head coach.

WKU football coach Bobby Petrino has put the finishing touches on his first Hilltopper staff. At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Petrino introduced Jeff Brohm as his new offensive coordinator, and Nick Holt as the new WKU defensive coordinator.

Like Petrino, both Brohm and Holt have ties to the University of Louisville.

Brohm is a former U of L quarterback and assistant coach. He is rejoining Petrino after working under him at U of L for three seasons. Brohm says he was willing to leave his job at Alabama-Birmingham for the chance to reunite with his former boss.

“I have a past with Coach Petrino, and I have a great deal of respect for his ability as a coach, what he believes, how we believe in things that are very similar. And I wanted a chance to get back and work with him,” said Brohm, who played eight seasons in the NFL.

Petrino--who is known for putting together top-rate collegiate offenses--was asked Wednesday whether he or Brohm would be calling the offensive plays at WKU. Petrino said he'll take in a great deal of input from his coaching staff during the week, but ended his answer by saying he would be the one ultimately making play calls for the Hilltopper offense.

Nick Holt has coached defense at the Universities of Washington and Southern California, and was asked what he takes the most pride in concerning his players.

“We took pride in, first of all, playing really, really hard—getting a lot of hats to the football. We want to have fun and play with great attitude as far as being enthusiastic, and I think that’s why we try to get our kids to have a lot of fun playing football,” said Holt, who also was a position coach at Louisville.

Including coach Petrino, seven of WKU’s ten new coaches have links to the Louisville Cardinals.