Graphic: Jeff Brohm finalizes Western Kentucky staff for 2016

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday February 23, 2016


Jeff Brohm has finalized his Western Kentucky staff for 2016 after seeing a bevy of departures.

With the addition of former Florida Atlantic offensive line coach Dale Williams, Brohm has his nine full-time assistants and head strength coach. Here is the WKU staff:

Brohm is 20-7 in two years as head coach, and after a 12-2 season, other teams came calling for his assistants.

Offensive coordinator Tyson Helton and offensive line Neil Callaway were hired by USC, defensive ends coach Ken Delgado was hired by the Cleveland Browns, wide receivers coach JaMarcus Shephard was hired by Washington State, and special teams coordinator Ricky Brumfield went to UTSA, leaving Brohm with many holes to fill.

Brohm will call offensive plays and be the de facto offensive coordinator. The most notable hire was former Houston head coach Tony Levine as tight ends coach / special teams coordinator. Levine went 15-10 in his final two years as Houston head coach, and he put many of the pieces in place for the Cougars’ big 2015 season.

Brohm hired his brother, former Louisville and CFL quarterback Brian Brohm, to coach the quarterbacks. Brian just recently finished his CFL career. To coach running backs, Jeff Brohm hired Chris Barclay, who has recently left the Marshall staff, and Bryan Ellis moved from running backs to wide receivers.

On defense, Alabama A&M defensive coordinator Reggie Johnson will coach WKU’s defensive ends. Johnson spent two years at Alabama A&M after two seasons as UAB’s defensive coordinator, so he has C-USA experience.

The last hire was Dale Williams, who hasn’t coached in college since 2011. He spent some time since then in high school ball, but most recently was in private business.

WKU opens spring practice on March 21.

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