Jeff Brohm agreed to a four-year extension through 2019 on Wednesday, Director of Athletics Todd Stewart announced.
Western Kentucky vs. UTEP (USATSI)
Western Kentucky at FAU
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Jeff Brohm, a native Kentuckian and one of the state's most notable football products, enters his third season as the head football coach at WKU.
In just his second year at the helm, Brohm led WKU to arguably its greatest season in school history and certainly its greatest at the FBS level. The Hilltoppers finished No. 24 nationally after they earned their first national ranking, first FBS conference title, and first double-digit win total since moving to the FBS seven years ago. Under Brohm, the Hilltoppers have won consecutive bowl games, coming away with championships in the 2015 Miami Beach Bowl and 2014 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl. He is the first head coach in program history to win 20 games in his first two years.
Brohm's development of quarterback Brandon Doughty helped carry the Hilltoppers to such lofty heights. Under his direction, Doughty became just the third quarterback in the last 50 years to lead the country in passing yards, pass completions and completion percentage in 2015. Doughty broke every record for a quarterback in the state of Kentucky over his three years as a starter, all with Brohm on staff, and became just the third quarterback in FBS history to lead the country in passing yards and touchdowns in consecutive seasons. He was also Conference USA's first-ever back-to-back Most Valuable Player and was named a Third Team All-American by Athlon Sports after a season in which he became just the third C-USA player and 11th player ever to pass for over 5,000 yards in a season.
The 2015 Hilltoppers were also the first team in C-USA's 20-year history to go undefeated in league play and win the conference championship game. They were also the league's second-most dominant champion of all time, winning their league games by an average margin 27.1 points per game, many of which were decided in the first half.
A 13-year collegiate coaching veteran with experience in the Big 10, Big East, Conference USA and Sun Belt conferences, Brohm came to The Hill as the offensive coordinator in 2013 where he directed a high-flying, high-scoring offensive attack that shattered 18 single-season school records including total offense, individual passing yards and individual rushing yards.
He obliterated those marks once he was given full control of the offense.
The Hilltoppers have finished inside the Top 10 in Total Offense (No. 4 in 2014, No. 9 in 2015), Passing Offense (No. 2 in 2014, No. 4 in 2015) and Scoring Offense (No. 6 in 2014, No. 3 in 2015) each of Brohm's two seasons at the helm. They are one of two program's in the country to have such a streak, along with TCU.
In Brohm's first season, WKU broke 50 school and conference records including the school's single-season and single-game records in total yards (season/game), touchdown passes (season/game), points scored in a season, and a host of others.
Doughty's 49 touchdown passes and 4,830 yards were national-best numbers as he earned Conference USA Most Valuable Player honors and the Sammy Baugh Award, given to the nation's top quarterback. Doughty was even more deadly at home where he finished the year without throwing a single interception to 24 touchdowns - the only QB in the country with more than 60 attempts who can make that claim. To put it into perspective, if Doughty had never played a single road game on the year, he would have still broken WKU's single season touchdown passes record, a record that had stood since 1985 with 22).
Under Brohm, the Hilltoppers won their first bowl at the FBS level, a 49-48 thriller against Central Michigan in the inaugural Popeyes Bahamas Bowl. WKU also recorded consecutive eight-win seasons for the first time since 2003-04.
As the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator for the Tops, along with Doughty's improvement, running back Antonio Andrews, now with the Tennessee Titans, broke his own school record, set in 2012, and became just the 11th player in FBS history to rush for 1,700 yards or more in consecutive seasons when he piled up 1,730 rushing yards in 2013.
For his efforts, Andrews was named the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year and earned five All-American team distinctions. Andrews is also the school's first ever first-round invitee to the Reese's Senior Bowl, the nation's preeminent all-star game for graduating seniors.
Under Brohm's direction, the Hilltopper offense was No. 2 in the Sun Belt, finishing the regular season just two-tenths of a yard per game away from the top spot, averaging 458.5 yards per game.
Known for his development of signal callers, Brohm spent two years at Illinois before making the move to UAB for the 2012 season. In his second year working with Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase, Brohm guided the sophomore to improved numbers in passing yardage, completion percentage and passing efficiency in 2011. Scheelhaase's 138.0 rating was the fourth-best season mark in Illini history.
Brohm began molding Scheelhaase in 2010 and he quickly showed results, throwing 13 touchdowns and one interception over the last seven games of the season after throwing four touchdowns and seven interceptions in the first six games. Scheelhaase also broke the Illinois records for rushing by a quarterback and by a freshman with 868 yards Prior to going to Illinois, Brohm spent the 2009 season as the quarterbacks coach at Florida Atlantic in the Sun Belt Conference, where he was reunited with his college coach, Howard Schnellenberger. While Brohm was at FAU, the Owls averaged 27.4 points per game, 279.7 yards passing per contest and 432.1 yards of total offense per game.
Brohm served as the quarterbacks coach at Louisville from 2003-06, assistant head coach and passing game coordinator in 2007, and the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator in 2008.
Under Brohm's direction, the Cardinals' passing attack flourished, including a record-breaking season in 2007 with Brohm's younger brother, Brian, as quarterback. Brian Brohm threw for 4,024 yards including 30 touchdowns, on his way to repeating second team All-Big East accolades. Brian finished second in the nation in passing efficiency and completed 68.8 percent of his throws in 2006.
In his first season as an assistant coach at Louisville, Brohm guided quarterback Stefan LeFors to a No. 1 national ranking in passing efficiency and completion percentage, and watched as the southpaw narrowly missed setting NCAA records in both categories.
Brohm began his NFL career in 1994 with the San Diego Chargers, who played in Super Bowl XXIX. He played for the San Francisco 49ers from 1995-97, where he was the backup quarterback to Hall of Famer and ESPN analyst Steve Young in 1997.
From 1998-2000, Brohm played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos and the Cleveland Browns. In 2001, he played in the XFL for the Orlando Rage and was named first team All-XFL as he owned the league's highest QB rating at 99.9.
Brohm was one of four family members to earn a gridiron letter from Louisville. He wrapped up his four-year collegiate career as one of the most prolific offensive players to wear Louisville's jersey. As a three-year starter for the Cards, Brohm ranks among the all-time leaders for passing yards, touchdown passes, completions, total offense and completion percentage.
A Louisville native, he was voted the team's MVP in both 1992 and 1993, and always will be remembered for a gritty performance in leading Louisville to an 18-7 victory over Michigan State in the 1993 Liberty Bowl, one of Schnellenberger's six career bowl victories. Playing with two steel pins and one steel plate in the index finger of his throwing hand, Brohm completed 19-of-29 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown, all while playing in 20-degree temperatures and freezing rain to earn the game's MVP award.
As a student-athlete at Louisville, Brohm played two seasons of baseball with the Cleveland Indians' organization while playing football for the Cards. Brohm also was named the Kentucky High School Player of the Decade for the 1980s before attending Louisville, where his number was honored in 2006 for his contributions as a Cardinal quarterback.
Brohm received his bachelor's degree in business administration from Louisville in 1994. He and his wife, Jennifer, have a son, Brady, and daughter, Brooke.
THE JEFF BROHM FILE
Born: April 24, 1971
Hometown: Louisville, Ky.
High School: Lou. Trinity, '89
College: Louisville, Business Administration '94
Children: Brady and Brooke
PLAYING CAREER (Quarterback)
High School: Lou. Trinity (1986-88)
College: Louisville (1989-93)
NFL: San Diego Chargers (1994), Washington Redskins (1995), San Francisco 49ers (1995-97), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1998), Denver Broncos (1999), Cleveland Browns (2000)
XFL: Orlando Rage (2001)
2002: Louisville Fire - AF2 - Head Coach
2003-06: Louisville (Quarterbacks)
2007: Louisville (Assistant Head Coach/Passing Game)
2008: Louisville (Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator)
2009: Florida Atlantic (Quarterbacks)
2010-11: Illinois (Quarterbacks)
2012: UAB (Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks)
2013: WKU (Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks)
2014-15: WKU (Head Coach)