University confirms Brohm accepted job at Purdue

Head coach Jeff Brohm smiles at his daughter, Brooke, after WKU’s 58-44 victory over Louisiana Tech at the Conference USA Championship on Dec. 3, 2016 at L.T. Smith Stadium. Kathryn Ziesig/HERALD

Herald Sports Staff

After spending three seasons as WKU’s head football coach, Jeff Brohm has accepted a job at Purdue University for same position, WKU Athletics confirmed Monday.

The now former WKU head coach met with his team Monday morning around 10 a.m. to tell them the news and will be introduced as the Boilermakers new head coach at 3 p.m. Monday afternoon in West Lafayette.

WKU defensive coordinator Nick Holt will serve as the team’s interim head coach for the upcoming Boca Raton Bowl.

Brohm takes over a Purdue program that went 3-9 overall and 1-8 in the Big Ten Conference in 2016. The Boilermakers released former Head Coach Darrell Hazell in mid-October after he went 9-33 in three-plus seasons at Purdue.

The school hired a new Athletic Director in Mike Bobinski in August, who has said he wanted a change in the football program.

In three seasons on the Hill, Brohm compiled a 30-10 record while capturing the first ever bowl win in program history in the 2014 Popeye’s Bahamas Bowl and later leading the team to three straight bowl appearances including the upcoming bowl game.

Brohm also captured two straight C-USA Championships after the Hilltoppers defeated Louisiana Tech 58-44 on Saturday and developed the school’s all-time leading passer in Brandon Doughty.

When introduced on Monday, Brohm will be the 36th head coach in Purdue history. The Boilermakers open their 2017 season on Saturday, Sept. 2 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis with a faceoff against Louisville.

Updates to this story will come throughout the day with a press conference with WKU Athletic Director Todd Stewart scheduled at 4 p.m.