Football team adds big names on coaching staff

December 21, 2015: Western Kentucky players hoist the championship trophy after the Miami Beach Bowl at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida, on Monday, Dec. 21, 2015. Western Kentucky beat South Florida 45-35. Nick Wagner/HERALD

John Reecer

In the last three days, the WKU football team announced the additions of former University of Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm and former University of Houston Head Coach Todd Levine to the 2016 coaching staff.

Levine was appointed the Hilltoppers’ new special teams coordinator and tight ends coach. He previously served as a special teams coach at Houston, the University of Louisville, the NFL’s Carolina Panthers and at Louisiana Tech.

As head coach of the Cougars from 2012 to 2014, Levine lead Houston to consecutive bowl games and winning seasons in his final two years at the helm.

“I have known Jeff for a long time and his success at WKU has come as no surprise,” Levine said in a statement. “As I evaluated the options that were on the table, the opportunity to work with Jeff (Brohm) – a rising star in the profession – and be a part of a program with such positive momentum and energy was the right fit for me and my family. I am excited to be here and look forward to getting to work.”

Brohm will join his brothers Jeff Bohm (Head Coach) and Greg Brohm (Director of Football Operations) in the program as he was appointed as the coach of the quarterbacks.

As a quarterback for the Cardinals from 2004 to 2007, Brian Brohm compiled 10,775 passing yards, 71 total TD’s, a 65.8 completion percentage and a 157.9 quarterback rating.

In 2006, he led Louisville to the sixth overall ranking in the final Associated Press poll as the Cardinals finished with a 12-1 overall record.

In the same season Brohm helped his squad finish the season averaging  475.3 yards per game.

After the departure of quarterback Brandon Doughty, Brohm will look to develop a starter out of six possible quarterbacks, which include transfer Tyler Ferguson and junior Nelson Fishback.

Both coaches will begin work at their new jobs immediately as spring practice will start in just a few weeks for WKU.  

The Hilltoppers will begin their season on September 3 against their Conference-USA foe Rice University at home in Smith Stadium.