For Purdue football coach Jeff Brohm and his quest to fill his assistant coaching staff, familiarity breeds respect … and a bunch of hires.If that leads to plenty of victories, as it did at Western Kentucky, well, that’s the whole point.
Brohm announced eight additions to his staff on Monday — six assistant coaches and two support staff members. Five of the assistant coaches worked under Brohm at Western Kentucky, as did both support staff members.
Two are Brohm’s brothers – Brian as an assistant coach and Greg as a support staff member. Brian was the quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator at Western Kentucky last season after spending nine years as a pro quarterback. Greg was the director of football operations for the Hilltoppers.The other newly hired assistant coaches are Tony Levine, Nick Holt, Reggie Johnson, Anthony Poindexter and Dale Williams. Poindexter is the only one who didn’t coach at Western Kentucky. The other support staff addition is Robert Sampson, the assistant director of football operations at Western Kentucky last season.
They join previously hired JaMarcus Shephard (a former Northrop standout who spent last season as the receivers coach for Washington State) and Justin Lovett as director of strength and conditioning.
Jeff Brohm will announce their specific jobs later.
Levine was the head coach at Houston for three seasons (a 21-17 record) before joining Western Kentucky as co-offensive coordinator, tight ends coach and special teams coordinator. Nick Holt was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. Johnson was the defensive ends coach. Williams was the offensive line coach. Poindexter was the defensive coordinator at Connecticut as well as the secondary coach.
Under Holt, Western Kentucky’s defense made major improvement. It allowed 39.9 points in 2014. It allowed 24.6 points last season.
Jeff Brohm, who was hired in December to replace the fired Darrell Hazell, is expected to hire two more assistant coaches to give him a staff of nine.