Jeff Brohm completes coaching staff at Purdue

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday February 03, 2017

Jeff Brohm has completed his coaching staff at Purdue.

Following Signing Day, Brohm announced the positions for all nine full-time assistants, many of whom followed from Western Kentucky.

The potential addition of a 10th assistant could change things, but for now, here is the 2017 Purdue staff:

Brohm began by bringing over much of his Western Kentucky staff, and why not? Brohm went 30-10 in three years at WKU, including 22-5 in the last two years with two Conference USA titles.

Co-offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Brian Brohm is Jeff’s brother, and spent one year at WKU in his first coaching job. Fellow co-offensive coordinator / tight ends coach / special teams coordinator Tony Levine also spent one year at WKU and was Houston’s head coach from 2011-14.

Expect Jeff Brohm to continue to call plays. The Hilltoppers averaged more than 40 points per game in each of the last two years at WKU. He hopes to bring that explosive offense to West Lafayette now.

Co-defensive coordinator / linebackers coach Nick Holt was at WKU for four years and has defensive coordinator experience at Washington, USC and Idaho. He was also Idaho’s head coach from 2004-05.

Among the other carryovers, running backs coach Chris Barclay spent one year at WKU and previously worked at Marshall. He was initially named a quality control coach at Purdue, but will instead have a full-time role.

Offensive line coach Dale Williams and defensive line coach Reggie Johnson were also at WKU for one year. Head strength coach Justin Lovett was at WKU for three years and also brought assistant strength coach Domenic Reno with him.

As for outside hires, the other co-defensive coordinator, Anthony Poindexter, spent three years as the defensive coordinator at UConn after working at Virginia from 2003-13. In 2015, his defense was No. 15 in the nation in scoring D.

Wide receivers coach JaMarcus Shephard has a background with Brohm. He spent one year at Washington State, but spent the previous five years at WKU, moving up from volunteer assistant to offensive analyst to full-time receivers coach.

The last hire, cornerbacks coach Derrick Jackson, comes to Purdue after working at Wake Forest for five years. The 2016 Wake Forest defense was No. 9 nationally in takeaways and was top-25 in third down defense, red zone defense and scoring defense.

The first game of the Brohm era will be a familiar face, as the Boilermakers play Louisville in Indianapolis. Brohm coached under Bobby Petrino at Louisville and WKU. The next three games are against Ohio, at Missouri and Michigan.

A 10th assistant could change things, but for now, keep track of new FBS staffs here.

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News,, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to