Jeff Brohm is Western Kentucky's third head coach in as many seasons, succeeding Bobby Petrino.
But things haven't changed that much.
For one, six assistant coaches return. Brohm moves up from assistant head coach and offensive coordinator.
For another, Brohm makes no bones that he has been highly influenced by Petrino.
"Coach (Petrino) obviously does a lot of things very well, and that's the reason he's a proven winner and had success," Brohm told the Herald-Leader. "He helped me in that I've been around him a long time. There's a lot of things that we're not going to change."
Brohm plans to be detail-oriented, like Petrino. Preparation, having a plan and being structured will be similar to Petrino's club, Brohm said.
Like Petrino, Brohm considers himself a motivator. Not only of players, but of coaches, always demanding the best.
"He's always been very good on offense, so we're not going to change the structure of our offense," Brohm said. "Obviously there will be certain little things that we tweak here and there, but we feel good about where we're at.
"On defense, we kept our defensive coordinator (Nick Holt), so we're able to keep the same system there as well; and also our special teams. So even though there's been a head-coaching change, there's still a lot of familiarity with the continuity that we have on the staff. Players are familiar with things that we're doing, and how we've gone about them on a daily basis all last year."
Brohm, who spent seven seasons as an NFL quarterback, has had plenty of other influences on his career besides Petrino.
From Dennis Lampley at Trinity High School, he learned to care for players, wanting them to do their best in all endeavors every day.
At the University of Louisville, he was under Howard Schnellenberger. "He has some of the similar traits to Coach Petrino," Brohm said. "I think he's a master of getting his players to believe that they are better than they actually are."
From his NFL days, Brohm took a pinch of this and a dash of that from the likes of Bill Walsh, Pete Carroll, Tony Dungy and Mike Shanahan.
As for his Hilltoppers this season, Brohm sees tight end as the strongest position on offense. Mitchell Henry, in a run-heavy offense, has caught 46 balls for 605 yards and eight touchdowns the last two seasons.
"We have a chance to distribute the ball, and they can be effective blockers as well," Brohm said. "We do have our quarterback (Brandon Doughty) coming back. He did struggle at times throughout the year. I think he got over the hump toward the end of the year, won us our last four games, and I think he's feeling confident from that."
At running back, Western must replace Antonio Andrews, who led the Sun Belt Conference in rushing yards (1,730) and the nation in all-purpose yardage. Brohm thinks he has the guy to do the job in Leon Allen.
On defense, Brohm likes his depth at linebacker.
"Probably not a lot of guys that are proven at this point, but we feel good in the position," Brohm said. "In the secondary, at the corner position, Cam Thomas has a ton of experience for us."
As for differences between last year's head coach and this year's, think subtle.
"Obviously we'll have a few little tweaks and different ideas," Brohm said. "But I try to be accessible to players. I try to get to know them on a daily basis and find out what's going on in their life, and make sure that we're not only helping them be successful on the field but also off the field, in the classroom. We stress the importance of doing things right in all three of those things."