BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - WKU head football coach Bobby Petrino officially introduced his new offensive and defensive coordinators on Wednesday, introducing Jeff Brohm as the new assistant head coach and offensive coordinator, along with Nick Holt as the defensive coordinator at a press conference in E.A. Diddle Arena.
Together, Brohm and Holt have combined to coach in 16 bowl games, including six BCS bowl games, with Holt also winning a national championship with Southern California. The two have 34 years of combined coaching experience, with collegiate coaching stints ranging from Arkansas, Illinois, Louisville, Southern California and Washington, among others.
"Being able to hire Jeff Brohm as our offensive coordinator is something I’m really excited about," Petrino said on Wednesday. "His understanding of what I like to do and what we like to execute offensively is very, very valuable. But the other thing that he really adds to our offense is the ability to be creative. The ability to run the same plays or versions of the same plays and include motions and shifts. Just little things that help you disguise and be able to do things your players really understand well. His creativeness in game planning, his creativeness during the week, and the ability to make adjustments at halftime are something that we’re very fortunate to have.
"Nick and I go way back to our days as assistant coaches at the University of Idaho. We’ve always kept in touch, worked again together at the University of Louisville. Nick’s been a coordinator at the highest level. He went to three Rose Bowl games, won a national championship and has been a head coach. He was able to go back to the University of Idaho and be a head coach there. His experience doing that will help me a lot in the meeting room, the coaches meeting room, and you deal with certain aspects with the players. I’m excited about his energy and his ability to teach. He’s always been a guy that I’ve felt got the most out of his players, to get them to excel and play at a very high level."
Brohm comes to the Hill owning experience as an offensive coordinator at both Louisville and UAB, as he served as the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator in 2008 at Louisville, and most recently served as the offensive coordinator at UAB in 2012. Brohm re-joins Petrino at WKU after serving under him at Louisville for three seasons. Brohm will work primarily with the WKU quarterbacks, while also serving as the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator.
“First off I want to say that I’m extremely happy, excited and enthusiastic to be here at Western Kentucky University, and also to get the opportunity to once again work with Coach Petrino," Brohm said. "I’m extremely thrilled about it and have the utmost respect for him as a football coach and his ability to lead young men to achieve their very best. I also have a lot of pride in the state of Kentucky, and I’m very eager to get back here, get back to work and try to produce a championship team.”
Holt spent the 2012 season at Arkansas after three years as the defensive coordinator at Washington from 2009-11. Before that he was defensive coordinator at Southern California from 2006-08 and the head coach at Idaho from 2004-05. Holt worked at Idaho from 1990-94, serving as the Vandals' defensive coordinator in 1994 and for three more seasons through 1997 before moving to Louisville to be the defensive line coach from 1998-2000. From 2001-03 he was the linebackers coach at USC and helped the Trojans win the 2003 national championship.
"I think this is a great opportunity," Holt said. "I got here Sunday night and then came straight to the office and saw Coach Petrino. I hadn’t seen Coach [Petrino] in a long, long time. It was really great to see him again after 10 or 12 years. I know we have talked on the phone and through text and that kind of stuff, but I hadn’t seen him in person for a long, long time. It is really good to see him. When I got on campus, I was just blown away by the facilities. It is just unbelievable."
In all, the nine WKU assistant coaches hired by Bobby Petrino boast over 130 years of collegiate coaching experience, while coaching in 30 bowl games, including 10 BCS bowl games and one national championship. As players, the nine assistant coaches played in 12 bowl games, won a pair of national championships and have 19 years of NFL playing experience.