Jan. 7, 2003
University of Louisville head football coach Bobby Petrino has nearly all of the pieces in place for his coaching staff as he introduced six new members of the Cardinal football family, including a few familiar faces, in a press conference on Tuesday at the Cardinal Football Complex.
While the search is still on for a defensive line coach, Petrino has the rest of his staff in place as he introduced Paul Petrino as the offensive coordinator, Mike Gillhamer as the defensive coordinator, Jeff Brohm as the quarterbacks coach, Mike Summers as the offensive line coach, Joe Whitt, Jr. as the cornerbacks coach and Kevin Wolthausen as the linebackers coach.
Entering his ninth season on the U of L staff, Greg Nord will continue to work with the Cardinal tight ends and has been elevated into the assistant head coach position. Joel Thomas, who joined the Cardinal coaching ranks prior to the 2002 season, will continue to coach the running backs.
No stranger to the University of Louisville, Jeff Brohm, a former standout quarterback for the Cardinals who enjoyed a successful professional football career after his collegiate playing days, returns to his alma mater for his first season coaching the Cardinal quarterbacks.
A native of Louisville and one of three family members to earn letters on the gridiron at U of L, Brohm wrapped up his four-year collegiate career as one of most prolific offensive players to ever don a Cardinal jersey. A three-year starter for the Cards, Brohm ranks among U of L's all-time leaders for passing yards (No. 5 - 5,451), touchdown passes (No. 4 - 38), completions (No. 6 - 402), total offense (No. 4 - 6,430) and completion percentage (No. 5 - .562).
Voted the Cards' MVP in 1992 and '93, Brohm will always be remembered for a gritty performance in leading U of L to an 18-7 victory over Michigan State in the '93 Liberty Bowl. 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 amidst 20-degree temperatures and freezing rain to earn the game's MVP award.
Following his playing days at U of L, Brohm began a six-year career in the NFL. He started his NFL career in 1994 with the San Diego Chargers who played in Super Bowl XXIX. He played for the San Francisco 49er's from 1995-1997 where he was the backup quarterback to Steve Young in 1997. From 1998-2000, he played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos, and 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 first rose to football glory at local Trinity High School where he was named Mr. Football for the state of Kentucky in 1988 after leading the Shamrocks to a state championship. He was also named the Kentucky High School Player of the decade for the 1980's before moving onto U of L.
With four years of coaching in the NFL, plus 14 seasons of tutoring collegiate defensive backs at the Division I level, Mike Gillhamer heads into his first season as the defensive coordinator at the University of Louisville after a two-year stint coaching the secondary at the University of Oregon.
During his first year at OU, a pair of his pupils, Rashad Bauman and Steve Smith, were NFL draft choices, with Smith ranking among the Pac-10 and national leaders in interceptions (9). In 2002, cornerback Steven Moore and safety Keith Lewis tied for second in the league in interceptions (5), and Moore also stood second in break-ups (12) and passes defended (17).
Prior to his stint in Eugene, Gillhamer spent four years working with the running backs for the New York Giants. He assisted with the running backs for the first three years of his NFL tenure before taking total control of the backfield during the 2000 season when the Giants ranked third in the NFC in rushing (125.6 avg.) while winning the NFC to reach the Super Bowl.
Outside of his stint on the offensive side of the ball with the Giants, the majority of the former Humboldt State standout's coaching expertise lies on the defensive side of the football.
The Fresno, Calif., native, who was the Lumberjacks' 1975 most valuable defensive back, initiated his collegiate coaching career with a five-year stint at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, Calif., overseeing the defensive line his first season, 1979, before moving to the secondary from 1980-83. He then spent one year as defensive backs coach at Weber State before doing the same at Utah (1985-89) and San Jose State (1990-93).
Gillhamer moved on to Nevada to tutor the secondary in 1994, working alongside current U of L head coach Bobby Petrino who served as the Wolf Pack's offensive coordinator. The following season Gillhamer took the reigns of the Wolf Pack's defense as the coordinator during the 1995 season.
He then served as defensive secondary coach at Rutgers before migrating to the NFL the following year. After graduating from Humboldt State in 1976, where he also ran track and played baseball, Gillhamer received his master's degree in special education from Humboldt State in 1981 and later served as a "guest" assistant coach with the Ottawa Rough Riders in the Canadian Football League in 1988.
A native of Fresno, Calif., Gillhamer and his wife, Tammy have a pair of daughters -- Meagen and Taylor.
A former wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator at the University of Louisville, Paul Petrino returns to the Derby City for his second stint with the Cards, this time as offensive coordinator, after serving a three-year tenure coaching the quarterbacks at Southern Miss.
Petrino is once again reuinted with his brother, U of L head coach Bobby Petrino, a duo which helped the Cards lead the nation in scoring in total offense while breaking virtually every U of L passing receiving record during the 1998 season. With Bobby coaching QB Chris Redman and at the reigns of the offense and Paul tutoring a talented stable of receivers, the Cards established U of L season records for points, scoring average, touchdowns, passing yards, passing touchdowns, attempts and completions, and total offense.
In Petrino's two campaigns with the Cards, Arnold Jackson twice established single season school records for receptions and receiving yards on his way to becoming the NCAA I-A record-holder with 300 career receptions.
Before U of L, Petrino spent three seasons at Utah where he tutored a pair of the nation's finest receivers in Kevin Alexander and Nakia Jenkins. In 1995, Alexander finished second in the nation in receptions and third in receiving yards while establishing school records for catches and receiving yards. In his final two seasons, Petrino coached Jenkins to top 10 national finishes in receptions and receiving yards during the 1996 and '97 seasons.
Prior to his time in Logan, Petrino spent three seasons at Idaho where he coached wide receivers for two seasons, running backs for one season and special teams. As running backs coach in 1992, he tutored All-American Sherriden May who led all I-AA players in scoring with 150 points while rushing for 1,111 yards.
The 35-yeard-old Petrino previously served as offensive coordinator at his alma mater, Carroll College, for two seasons while working under his father, Bob, Sr. The elder Petrino is a member of the NAIA Coaches' Hall of Fame and recently retired after nearly three decades as head of the Carroll program.
As a player, Petrino was a four-year starter at quarterback for Carroll College from 1985-88 where he set 16 school records. As a senior, he earned Kodak All-American honors and was named the Football Gazette NAIA Division II player of the year. For his career, Petrino helped Carroll to a 36-6 mark and four Frontier Conference titles.
A native of Butte, Mont., Petrino and his wife, Maya, have twins -- Anne Mari and Mason.
Mike Summers, a 22-year veteran of the collegiate coaching ranks, heads into his first season on the Cardinal staff as the offensive line coach after serving a two-year stint in the same post at Ohio University.
Under the direction of Summers, the Ohio offensive line blossomed into one of the nation's top units as it created running lanes for a rushing attack which ranked No. 8 nationally (239.8 ypg) during the 2002 season and No. 6 nationally (240.1 ypg) during the 2001 season. Additionally, the Bobcats' offensive line surrendered only 14 and 11 sacks, respectively, over the last two seasons.
Prior to Ohio, Summers spent the 2000 season as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at Oklahoma State. Before joining the Cowboys' coaching staff, Summers served as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at the University of the South from 1996-99, leading an offense that ranked fifth in the nation in rushing and second in the conference in total offense during his tenure.
From 1991-95, he served as offensive coordinator and assistant head coach at Oregon State, where the Beavers registered four straight years as the top rushing offense in the PAC-10. He was named the league's Top Offensive Backfield Coach in 1993.
Summers previously spent six seasons at Northern Illinois, coordinating an offense that established 51 school records and seven NCAA standards from 1985-90. He served as a graduate assistant coach at Texas A&M, working with the offensive line, after starting his career as a restricted-earnings coach at Kentucky.
Summers earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Georgetown College in 1978. He and his wife Kathy have an 19-year-old daughter, Amy.
Joe Whitt, Jr.
Joe Whitt, Jr., who was literally born in the Auburn University football program, begins his first season coaching the cornerbacks at the University of Louisville after a one-year stint coaching the wideouts at The Citadel.
The apple does not fall far from the tree in the Whitt family as Joe Jr., followed his father, Joe Sr., into the collegiate coaching ranks following his playing career at Auburn. A member of the Auburn coaching staff since 1981, the elder Whitt had the opportunity to work alongside former Auburn offensive coordinator and current U of L head coach Bobby Petrino during the 2002 season.
Whitt had an immediate impact in his first season in the collegiate coaching ranks working with the receivers at The Citadel. In his lone season at The Citadel, the Bulldogs saw their offensive production jump from 17.2 points per game in 2001 to 25.4 points during the 2002 season on the strength of a passing game which averaged 219.8 yards per game, a notable increase from the 81.3 yard average posted by the 2001 squad.
Under the tutelage of Whitt, Scooter Johnson, who pulled down just six catches for 104 yards and two touchdowns as a junior, hauled in 69 catches for 950 yards and seven scores to earn first team All-Southern Conference honors during his senior campaign.
After prepping at Auburn High School, Whitt went from walk-on to right on at Auburn where he eventually earned a scholarship and worked his way into the rotation at receiver as well as contributing on special teams. After three shoulder surgeries and reconstructive knee surgery, Whitt was granted a medical hardship waiver and became a student assistant at Auburn for two seasons.
A native of Montgomery, Ala., the 24-year-old Whitt graduated from Auburn in 2001 with a degree in communications.
A 22-year veteran of the coaching ranks, Kevin Wolthausen joins the Cardinal staff after a one-year stint coaching the outside linebackers at Eastern Michigan University.
Prior to Eastern Michigan, Wolthausen spent one season as an assistant coach with the Arizona Rattlers in the Arena League, working with fullbacks and linebackers.
A 1981 graduate of Humboldt State University where he was a two-time letterwinner, Wolthausen wrapped up his collegiate career earning team defensive MVP and all-league honors as a senior.
After his playing career, Wolthausen transferred to Cal State-Northridge where he began his coaching career in 1980 as a student assistant coach. He returned to Humboldt State to complete his undergraduate degree and serve as a part-time assistant coach for three seasons before moving on to a graduate assistant coaching post at Arizona from 1983-84.
Wolthausen was promoted from his role as a graduate assistant and into a full-time position on the Wildcat staff where he spent the '85 season coaching the outside linebackers and the '86 season coaching the defensive line.
He then spent six seasons at the University of Southern California coaching the defensive line before moving on to similar posts at Oklahoma (1993-94) and Arizona State (1995-2000).
During his coaching career, Wolthausen has helped lead 13 teams to post-season bowl games: the 1985 Sun Bowl and 1986 Aloha Bowl at Arizona; three Rose Bowls (1988-90), the 1990 Hancock Bowl and the 1992 Freedom Bowl at Southern California; the 1993 Hancock Bowl and the 1994 Copper Bowl at Oklahoma; and the 1997 Rose Bowl, and the 1999 and 2000 Aloha Bowls at Arizona State.
The 45-year-old Wolthausen and his wife, Michel, have a son, Noah, and a daughter, Quinn.