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Hilltoppers hire Brohm as head football coach

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 10, 2014 at 6:20 pm •  Published: January 10, 2014

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Jeff Brohm's belief in taking chances and having a creative offense helped Western Kentucky pile up yardage, points and victories last season.

It also helped him become the Hilltoppers' new head coach.

WKU athletic director Todd Stewart announced Friday that it was promoting the offensive coordinator, naming Brohm as its coach. Brohm is replacing Bobby Petrino, who Thursday was named the Louisville head coach.

Brohm vowed to maintain WKU's offensive proficiency as the Hilltoppers move into Conference USA next season.

"We're going to try to stay cutting edge, be ahead of the curve and be creative," he said during a press conference Friday afternoon after becoming WKU's 19th head coach.

"That's one thing as a coach that I take pride in — not just studying ourselves but the best teams in the country, making sure we're not missing out on anything other teams do," he said. "And making sure we're giving our players the best chance to succeed."

Brohm, 42, takes control of a Hilltoppers squad that went 8-4 in their final year as a member of the Sun Belt Conference and just missed a second straight bowl appearance as an FBS school.

A Louisville native who played quarterback for the Cardinals and was an assistant coach at the school under Petrino, Brohm built the Hilltoppers into the Sun Belt's second-ranked offense (458.5 yards per game) in his first season as coordinator. Running back Antonio Andrews was named conference player of the year.

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