WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics Mike Bobinski announced Thursday that head football coach Jeff Brohm has agreed to a contract extension securing his presence on the Boilermaker sideline through the 2024 season. The Purdue University Board of Trustees approved the extension at its meeting today.
Hired Dec. 5, 2016, as the 36th full-time head football coach in Purdue history, Brohm originally signed a six-year contract.
“This extension is a reflection of how pleased we are with Jeff’s leadership of our football program,” Bobinski said. “He has brought renewed energy to our campus, revived our fan base and alumni, and made Purdue relevant once again in the college football landscape. With the success of last season as a foundation, we have tremendous optimism about the future of Purdue football.”
On the strength of three fundamental concepts – playing harder, tougher and smarter than the opposition – the 2017 Boilermakers achieved a 7-6 record, finished tied for third place in the Big Ten Conference West Division and defeated Arizona 38-35 in the Foster Farms Bowl. Purdue won three games in November (29-10 over Illinois for the Cannon trophy, 24-15 at Iowa and 31-24 over Indiana for the Old Oaken Bucket) to become bowl eligible.
Fans acknowledged the rebirth of the program, as the Boilermakers’ home attendance increase of 13,433 per game was by far the greatest in the country. Season-ticket sales were up 15.7 percent and student season tickets were up 17.2 percent. The Boilermakers played in front of their first sellout crowd since the 2008 season.
Heading into the 2018 season, Purdue has secured nearly 4,500 new season-ticket holders while boasting a renewal rate of almost 85 percent.
“From my first conversation with Mitch Daniels, Mike Berghoff and Mike Bobinski, it was apparent that there was a commitment to rebuilding this football program, and I am honored to be Purdue’s head coach,” Brohm said. “We have all the resources necessary for success, and I promise that my staff and I will continue to work tirelessly to build a championship-caliber program. My family and I love West Lafayette, and we look forward to being part of the Purdue family and this community for years to come.”