Brohm, Holt hired as WKU coordinators

Newly-hired defensive coordinator Nick Holt (left), and assistant head coach and offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm speak during a press conference Wednesday, Jan. 2, at Diddle Arena, Head coach Bobby Petrino recently hired Holt and Brohm, along with seven other assistant coaches. 

Brad Stephens

New WKU coach Bobby Petrino completed his coaching staff Wednesday by hiring two former colleagues.

Petrino hired Jeff Brohm and Nick Holt to be the Toppers’ offensive and defensive coordinators respectively.

Brohm, 41, served as Petrino’s quarterbacks coach at Louisville from 2003-06. Holt, 50, was defensive line coach at Louisville in 1998, when Petrino was the Cardinals’ offensive coordinator. They also worked together at Idaho from 1990-91, when Holt was defensive line coach and Petrino was offensive coordinator.

The hires round out Petrino’s first staff. He announced the hiring of seven position coaches Tuesday.

“To be able to announce Jeff Brohm and Nick Holt as our two coordinators makes this a very, very good day for me,” Petrino said.

Brohm, who will also have the titles of assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach, comes to WKU after serving last season as Alabama-Birmingham’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

The Blazers averaged 28.3 points a game, ranking No. 68 in the FBS this year. Brohm’s UAB offense ranked No. 52 in points per game, with 419.1 yards per game.

“I have a past with Coach Petrino,” Brohm said. “I have a great deal of respect for his ability as a coach, what he believes in… I wanted to get a chance to get back and work with him.”

Brohm’s younger brother, Brian, threw for a school-record 30 touchdowns in 2007 while Brohm served as the Cardinals’ assistant head coach and passing game coordinator.

Petrino said he’ll handle offensive gameday playcalling duties himself, but that Brohm will have major input during the week.

Holt joins the Hilltoppers after a year as Arkansas’ on-campus recruiting coordinator.

He was defensive coordinator at Washington from 2009-11 and Southern California from 2006-08, and Idaho’s head coach from 2004-05.

He replaces Lance Guidry, who wasn’t retained by Petrino when he took over head coaching duties last week.

“I think (WKU) is an up-and-coming place, a sleeping giant,” Holt said. “I think a lot of neat things can happen here.”