Jeff Brohm
Jeff Brohm

Quarterbacks Coach

2 Seasons (2010-11)

Alma Mater:
Louisville, 1994


  • Guided Nathan Scheelhaase to Illinois freshman records for passing and rushing yards, and QB rushing yards in 2010
  • Coached his brother, Brian, to a record-setting season at Louisville with 4,024 yards and 30 touchdowns, while also ranking second in the NCAA in passing efficiency.
  • Developed Louisville quarterback Stefan Lefors to a No. 1 national ranking in passing efficiency and completion percentage.
  • Went to Super Bowl XXIX with the San Diego Chargers, during his seven-year NFL career.

Brohm spent two seasons on the Illinois staff in 2010 and 2011 under head coach Ron Zook. Known for his development of signal callers, Brohm served as quarterbacks coach for the Fighting Illini and was the interim offensive coordinator for the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, a 20-14 Illini victory over UCLA.

In his second year working with Nathan Scheelhaase, Brohm guided the sophomore to improved numbers in passing yardage, completion percentage and passing efficiency. Scheelhaase's 138.0 rating in 2011 stands as the fourth-best season mark in Illinois history heading into the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.

Brohm began molding Scheelhaase in 2010 and he quickly showed results, throwing 13 touchdowns and one interception over the last seven games of the season after throwing four touchdowns and seven interceptions in the first six games. Scheelhaase also broke the Illinois records for rushing by a quarterback and by a freshman with 868 yards. He also completed his first 13 passes in the Texas Bowl, a school record for most consecutive completions to start a game.

Brohm spent the 2009 season as the quarterbacks coach at Florida Atlantic University, where he was reunited with his college coach, Howard Schnellenberger. In one season with the Owls, the squad averaged 27.4 points per game, 279.7 yards passing per contest and 432.1 yards of total offense per game.

Brohm, served as the quarterbacks coach at Louisville from 2004-06, assistant head coach and passing game coordinator in 2007, and the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator in 2008. Under Brohm's direction, the Cardinals' passing attack flourished, including a record-breaking season in 2007 with Brohm's brother, Brian, as quarterback. Brian Brohm threw for 4,024 yards including 30 touchdowns, on his way to repeating second team All-Big East accolades. Brian finished second in the nation in passing efficiency and completed 68.8 percent of his throws in 2006.

In his first season as an assistant coach at Louisville, Jeff Brohm guided quarterback Stefan LeFors to a No. 1 national ranking in passing efficiency and completion percentage, and watched as the southpaw narrowly missed setting NCAA records in both categories.

Brohm started his NFL career in 1994 with the San Diego Chargers, who played in Super Bowl XXIX. He played for the San Francisco 49ers from 1995-97, where he was the backup quarterback to Hall of Famer Steve Young in 1997.

From 1998-2000, Brohm played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos and the Cleveland Browns. In 2001, he played in the XFL for the Orlando Rage and was named first team All-XFL as he owned the league's highest QB rating at 99.9.

Brohm was one of four family members to earn a gridiron letter from Louisville. He wrapped up his four-year collegiate career as one of the most prolific offensive players to wear Louisville's jersey. As a three-year starter for the Cards, Brohm ranks among the all-time leaders for passing yards, touchdown passes, completions, total offense and completion percentage.

He was voted the team's MVP in both 1992 and 1993, and always will be remembered for a gritty performance in leading Louisville to an 18-7 victory over Michigan State in the 1993 Liberty Bowl, one of Schnellenberger's six career bowl victories. Playing with two steel pins and one steel plate in the index finger of his throwing hand, Brohm completed 19-of-29 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown, all while playing in 20-degree temperatures and freezing rain to earn the game's MVP award.

As a student-athlete at Louisville, Brohm played two seasons of baseball with the Cleveland Indians' organization while playing football for the Cards. Brohm also was named the Kentucky High School Player of the Decade for the 1980s before attending Louisville, where his number was honored in 2006 for his contributions as a Cardinal quarterback.

The Louisville native received a degree in business administration in 1994. He and his wife, Jennifer, have a son, Brady, and daughter, Brooke.

(updated 1/3/12)

The Brohm File
2010-11 Illinois (quarterbacks)
2009 Florida Atlantic (quarterbacks)
2008 Louisville (assistant head coach/offensive coordinator)
2007 Louisville (assistant head coach/passing game)
2004-06 Louisville (quarterbacks)
Home Town: Louisville, Ky.
Birthdate: April 24, 1971
Family: Wife, Jennifer; Son, Brady, Daughter, Brooke
Education: B.S., Business Administration -- Louisvile, 1994
Playing Experience: Louisville, 1989-93; San Diego Charger, 1994; San Francisco 49ers, 1995-97; Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1998; Denver Broncos, 1999-2000
Bowl Games: Kraft Fight Hunger Bow, 2011; Texas Bowl, 2010; Orange Bowl, 2007; Gator Bowl, 2006; Liberty Bowl, 2004