Louisville hires Brian Brohm to lead offense, quarterbacks

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville’s Jeff Brohm has hired brother Brian as the Cardinals’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, returning him to the school where he ranks as one of its best signal callers.

Brian Brohm had worked the past six seasons in the same capacities under his older brother at Purdue and served as interim coach after Louisville hired Jeff Brohm as head coach last month. He’s credited with developing Boilermakers QB Aidan O'Connell into an All-Big Ten selection and helping the team rank second in conference passing at 278.8 yards per game last season. Brohm also worked on his brother’s staff at Western Kentucky.

Jeff Brohm said his brother is well-versed in the offensive system and understands the style the Cardinals want to play.

“Brian does a great job teaching our players and has a track record of success at maximizing their potential,” Brohm added in a release.

The Louisville native played for the Cardinals from 2004-07 and is second all-time with 1,185 attempts and 10,775 yards, among other top five rankings. Brohm led the 2006 team to a 12-1 finish and Orange Bowl victory over Wake Forest before an eight-year NFL career with the Green Bay Packers and Buffalo Bills.

Brian Brohm to serve as Purdue’s interim coach for bowl game


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue offensive coordinator Brian Brohm is getting another chance to replace his older brother.

And this time, he’ll be more than an adviser.

Shortly after Louisville announced Thursday it had hired Jeff Brohm, Boilermakers athletic director Mike Bobinski named Brohm’s younger brother as interim coach for the Citrus Bowl game against No. 17 LSU on Jan. 2.

“Let me just explain something, some people think that sounds strange, but he’s a really talented coach and if his name wasn’t Brohm it wouldn’t be strange at all,” Bobinski said. “Brian was really excited and it’s a great professional moment for him to put his mark on the program over the next few weeks.”

Mark Hagen, one of three co-defensive coordinators, will call the defense following the immediate departure of Ron English for Louisville, Bobinski said. English called the defensive signals and coached safeties.

Brian Brohm got his first chance as a head coach in October 2020 when he led the Boilermakers to a season-opening 24-20 victory over Iowa after Jeff Brohm tested positive for COVID-19. He returned to his play-calling duties when his older brother returned for Week 2.

It’s already been a historic season for the Boilermakers (8-5), who won their first Big Ten West Division title before a loss to Michigan in the conference championship game. The LSU game will come in front of a national television audience with a shot at a second consecutive bowl win.

Bobinski said he would welcome it if Brian Brohm and Hagen remained on staff though he did not commit to interviewing either to fill the to job.

Instead, Bobinski thanked the elder Brohm for rebuilding the Boilermakers program and said he had already contacted some potential candidates.

“We want to do this as expeditiously as possible,” Bobinski said. “We don’t want to rush it, but we’re aware of the calendar, the early signing date and we want to get it done as quickly as possible.”

Louisville hires Jeff Brohm as head coach with 6-year deal

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville has hired Jeff Brohm as the new head coach.

The University of Louisville Athletic Association’s executive board approved a six-year contract that will pay the former Purdue coach a base salary of $5 million next season with annual increases of $100,000, plus incentives.

Brohm, a Louisville native, was expected to be introduced in a news conference at Cardinal Stadium. His Twitter bio reflected his new job.

Brohm went 36-34 in six seasons with the Boilermakers, including 17-9 the past two seasons. He guided them to their first Big Ten West division title before they fell to No. 2 Michigan 43-22 in the conference championship.

Brohm succeeds Scott Satterfield, who left to become Cincinnati’s coach after going 25-24 in four seasons at Louisville.

Neither Brohm nor Satterfield will be on the sidelines when their new teams meet in the inaugural Fenway Bowl on Dec. 17 – a matchup of former rivals.

Brohm inherits a team looking to become a serious Atlantic Coast Conference contender. Not since Lamar Jackson led the Cardinals to a 7-1 Atlantic Division finish on the way to winning the 2016 Heisman Trophy have they come close to challenging perennial heavyweight Clemson.