Louisville officially tabbed former Purdue coach Jeff Brohm as their new football coach, ending quite the chaotic coaching search that finally came to an end with the hiring a native son who had a hand in the Cardinals’ success as a player and assistant coach.
The University of Louisville Athletic Association’s executive board approved a six-year contract on Thursday, and Brohm, who was a Louisville quarterback and minor league baseball player, will earn a base salary of $5 million next season with annual increases of $100,000, plus incentives.
Brohm went 36-34 in six seasons with the Boilermakers, including 17-9 the past two seasons, and guided them to their first Big Ten West Division title.
Additionally, Brohm will receive one-time payments of $500,000 in 2023 and 2024 that’ll increase by $250,000 for two-year cycles up to $1 million in 2027-28.
“These things happen fast, and this is the time,” Brohm said, according to ESPN. “It’s a great opportunity. I always wanted to coach here and I loved playing here. I love living here.”
“I’ve been in the AD role for 366 days, and Jeff, you’ve made my life hard for 365 of them,” athletic director Josh Heird said. “All kidding aside, this is an exciting day for the University of Louisville and our city. Today, we welcome home coach Jeff Brohm to lead our football program.”