Jeff Brohm is entering his third year as the head coach of the Boilermakers this fall, and the success he’s had in rebuilding the program has meant that athletic director Mike Bobinski has had to amend his contract twice since Brohm signed the original deal back in May of 2017.
The latest amendment happened back in April, after Brohm turned down an opportunity to return home to Louisville as head coach, and instead opted to stay in West Lafayette. Rivals was able to get some of the details of that newly amended contract through an open records request.
The new deal takes Brohm through December of 2025, and increases his pay to $5.35 million in 2019 – which includes his base pay, “supplemental stipend,” significant signing bonus, and some other compensation rolled in. Rivals notes that all-told, Brohm will be the third-highest paid coach in the Big Ten next season.
His total salary figure, and retention incentives if he remains the head coach on January 1 of each subsequent year for the remainder of his contract are as follows:
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The salary pool for the Boilermaker assistant coaches also received a nice bump, and has gone from $3.5 million Brohm’s first season, to $3.9 million after the first amended contract. Now, after the second amendment to the contract, the salary pool for assistants has gone over the $4 million mark to $4.35 million.
Brohm is also due a $1.7 million fully guaranteed signing bonus to be paid in two equal installments, the first on or before May 31, 2019 and the second before the end of January 2020.
As Bobinski shared with Rivals, he and the rest of the Purdue decision makers have loved the progress the program has made and that goes far deeper than simply being 13-13 overall, and 9-9 in Big Ten games under Brohm:
“I felt, President (Mitch) Daniels and the board that we were at a point where we had begun to see tangible evidence that we are no longer mired in a state of modest competitiveness,” said Bobinski. “We have a chance to build something much more significant.”
Everyone knew Purdue was going to have to step up to the plate to keep Brohm around when other programs came inquiring, and especially when Louisville opened up, and the decision makers at Purdue have done just that. It will be interesting to see if Brohm and the Boilermakers can keep the positive momentum on the field, and with their outstanding recruiting classes and young talent on campus, heading into 2019 and if Brohm’s continued commitment to building a program in West Lafayette will be enough to detract other programs as next fall’s season comes to an end.