July 30th, 2014

Jeff Brohm speaks to crowd in St. Matthews

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Paul Najjar

Senior Writer

Jeff Brohm speaks to crowd in St. Matthews
Paul Najjar speaks to Jeff and Oscar Brohm / cover and inside photo by Scott Scinta (Smashgraphix)

Western Kentucky University football coach Jeff Brohm and a few of his players were greeted by a raucous, jam-packed restaurant full of Hilltopper fans to welcome him and them back to Louisville.

Brohm, the standout from Louisville by way of Trinity, rallied the crowd at the St. Matthews Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant Tuesday night. The kickoff party was held exactly one month before the opening game of the Hilltoppers season and brought several coaches and players from the Louisville and surrounding areas to mingle with the fans.

“We want to carve a niche, not only in the state, but in the city of Louisville,” Brohm said of his commitment to recruiting his home area. “We have a lot of relationships and connections here, not only with myself, but a lot of coaches on our staff and current players are from the area.”

With his father Oscar and his brother Greg in attendance, Jeff took the microphone after a splashy video thrilled the crowd. The first year head coach discussed his commitment to the university, his players, the fans and his home area.

“This is an important area for us,” Brohm said. “We know there’s a lot of talent here. We know there’s a lot of support for Louisville here, and there should be. But, we also know that Western Kentucky is a great university and we look forward to inviting fans down to check us out and see what they think.”

Every seat was filled and many stood to cheer as several players were introduced. The loudest cheers went up for Central High School alum Anthony “Ace” Wales, a lightning quick, record setting running back while with the YellowJackets, and former PRP standout receiver Taywan Taylor who was sixth on the team with 24 receptions in his freshman season.

“We’ve got a lot of young guys from successful programs in this area,” Brohm said. “They know how to win and they know how to lead. We’re counting on them to have a winning attitude and to help build team chemistry. They’re going to be a big help to us.”

WKU supporters were treated to autographs, pictures, interactive games, prizes and giveaways at the kickoff party.

“Louisville has a huge WKU alumni base and we have so many in our program who have ties to the city,” Brohm said. “This event allows us to continue to strengthen and broaden our fan base throughout the state.”


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