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Jeff Brohm, who played quarterback collegiately at Louisville and for seven seasons in the National Football League, was hired Dec. 5, 2016, as the 36th full-time head football coach in Purdue history. He is widely regarded as one of the most innovative offensive masterminds in college football.

On the strength of three fundamental concepts – playing harder, tougher and smarter than the opposition – the 2017 Boilermakers achieved a 7-6 record, finished tied for third place in the Big Ten Conference West Division and won the Foster Farms Bowl (38-35 over Arizona). Purdue won three games in November (29-10 over Illinois for the Cannon trophy, 24-15 at Iowa and 31-24 over Indiana for the Old Oaken Bucket).

Brohm came to the Boilermakers from Western Kentucky, where he compiled a remarkable 30-10 overall record (.750 winning percentage), including a 19-5 Conference USA mark (.792), from 2014 to 2016. The Hilltoppers were league champions in 2015 and 2016, the school’s first back-to-back titles as an FBS member. They won the 2014 Bahamas Bowl (49-48 over Central Michigan) and the 2015 Miami Beach Bowl (45-35 over Miami, Fla.), as well as the 2016 Boca Raton Bowl (51-31 over Memphis under interim head coach Nick Holt after Brohm had taken the Purdue job). Western Kentucky was ranked No. 24 in the final 2015 Associated Press poll.

Brohm enjoyed an outstanding collegiate career at Louisville from 1989 to 1993. He was voted the Cardinals’ Most Valuable Player during both his junior and senior seasons, and his number 11 became part of the Louisville Ring of Honor in 2006.

While at Louisville, Brohm also played two seasons of minor league baseball in the Cleveland Indians’ organization, as an outfielder with the Burlington Indians of the Appalachian League (Rookie) in 1990 and the Watertown Indians of the New York-Penn League (Class A) in 1991.

Brohm played in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers (1994), Washington Redskins (1995-96), San Francisco 49ers (1997-98), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1998), Denver Broncos (1999) and Cleveland Browns (2000). In eight career games – all with the 49ers – he completed 37-of-58 passes (63.8 percent) for 353 yards with one touchdown and one interception. In 2001, Brohm played in the XFL for the Orlando Rage and was named first team All-XFL.

A native of Louisville, Brohm (born April 24, 1971) earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1994. He and his wife, Jennifer, have a son, Brady, and a daughter, Brooke. Jeff is one of four family members to be a football letter winner at Louisville, along with his father, Oscar (quarterback 1966-69), and brothers, Greg (wide receiver 1989-92) and Brian (quarterback 2004-07).

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