New Louisville football staff meets the press

While the search is still on for a defensive line coach, Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino has the rest of his new staff in place.

New University of Louisville head football coach Bobby Petrino introduced his new staff on Tuesday afternoon.

Greg Nord
Assistant Head Coach / Tight Ends
Entering his ninth season on the Cardinals coaching staff, Greg Nord will continue to tutor the tight ends and has been promoted to assistant head coach.


Greg Nord

"I would like thank Tom Jurich and the rest of the University of Louisville athletics staff for making what I consider a great hire," said Nord.

"Bob and I got a chance to work with each other five years ago when John L. came in and we developed a good mutual respect for each other, both as a person and as a coach. It was an honor when I got an opportunity to stay with Bob here on the staff and continue working here at the University of Louisville. It's a program that I think is headed in the direction that everybody in the community can be proud of."

Jeff Brohm
Quarterbacks
A familiar name to Cardinal fans, Jeff Brohm, a former standout quarterback for the Cardinals, returns to his alma mater as the quarterbacks coach.

"Being in numerous offenses I believe that I can bring a little to the table for this offense," said the Louisville native.

"Being able to coach, I'm looking forward to being able to help behind the scenes and doing some things that help our players improve and putting the best product out on the field"

"I'm kind of looking forward to [recruiting]. It's going to be new to me. All the rules with the NCAA I am learning as I go, so that's a little tough because I don't want to do anything wrong. But I am looking forward to getting out and meeting players. I have been through the process before and I know what it takes to get to the [NFL]. I can tell them what it's going to take and how to get there."

Mike Gillhamer
Defensive Coordinator


Mike Gillhamer
With 14 season of coaching on the collegiate level, as well as four years in the NFL, Mike Gillhamer heads into his first season as the defensive coordinator at U of L. He has spent the past two years as the coach of the secondary at the University of Oregon.

"I was real excited when Bob gave me this opportunity," said Gillhamer. "I'm excited about our defense. I'm excited about our players. We're going to hard, we're going to play fast and were going to have fun."

"We've got to be a unit. It's not going to be a [defensive] line, it's not linebackers, it's not [defensive backs]. We need to combine as a team and be together as a defense and our staff has to be together. We've got get that cohesiveness going, because that's what defense is."

Kevin Wolthausen
Linebackers
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.

Wolthausen, who has also coached at Southern California, Oklahoma and Arizona State, came to the Louisville staff by way of high recommendation of new defensive coordinator Mike Gillhamer.

Joel Thomas
Running Backs
Joel Thomas, who joined the Cardinals coaching staff prior to the 2002 campaign, will remain as the running backs coach. Prior to joining the U of L staff, Thomas spent one season as the running backs coach at Idaho.

Paul Petrino
Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers
A former wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator at Louisville, Paul Petrino returns to the Cardinals, this time as offensive coordinator. He has spent the last three seasons serving as the quarterbacks coach at C-USA rival Southern Miss.


Paul Petrino
"[Bob and I] have been together three different times now. First time we were together I played for him at Carroll College and we were #1 in the country in scoring and total offense. We were together at Utah State and we brought a program that was pretty down to two championships and we were here one year and we were #1 in the country [in offense]," said Petrino, who will also coach the receivers.

"Offensively, we're going to come out and spread people out and make them defend the pass. Once we spread them out and they defend the pass then that will open up the run. We feel like we've got a great core of running backs. We have Big Eric [Shelton] and we've got T.J. [Patterson] and Lionel [Gates]. We think those guys are going to be great players for us. We've got to able to line up in some formations where we just tell them, 'hey coming at you. We're going to run it at you and smack it right up your mouth and you try to stop us.' In order to do that, you can't be in one-back all the time. So, we want to get tough and get physical and get after them."

"I'm really excited about the players that we got. Position wise I am going to work with the receivers and I look out there and there are some skilled players. We've got a Broderick Clark and we've got to get the ball into his hands and he can make things happen. You've got J.R. Russell and he reminds me of (former Cardinal receivers) Lavell Boyd and Charles Sheffield from when I was here before. You got Joshua Tinch and he's just like Lavell, he's big and physical and a competitor. You've got Antoine Harris...he's a big time player."

Joe Whitt Jr.
Cornerbacks
Joe Whitt Jr., is the son of long time Auburn University assistant Joe Whitt and joins the Cardinal staff after one season coaching the wide receivers at The Citadel.

Mike Summers
Offensive Line
Mike Summers, a Kentucky native, is a 22-year veteran of the collegiate coaching ranks. He joins the Cardinals following a two-year stint in the same post at Ohio University.

"Everyone I have met has told me how big a job I've got since I came on board here," said Summers. "There are some good players here and some guys that really want to work hard and do a good job."

"We've got to have some big guys, but I'm really concerned about moving skills. We want to recruit guys that have the ability to get big, but might not come in at 300-pounds and I would rather them not. I would rather them come in a little undersized in weight, but have the height that they can get big and allow us put the weight on the way that we want it. We've got to have some athletes that can move their feet and that can get big and can get strong."

Summers, who was raised in Lexington and attended the University of Kentucky, says that becoming a collegiate coach has had an effect on any allegiances that he may have had as a child.

"I grew up a Kentucky fan, of all the Kentucky schools, but certainly UK, it was hard to get away from the blue in Lexington. After 22-years of coaching you learn that after the different schools that you go to that you really don't have those allegiances anymore."

Sam Adams
Offensive Graduate Assistant
Sam Adams has followed coach Petrino to Louisville from Auburn University and will serve as the offensive graduate assistant.


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