University of Minnesota Confirms P.J. Fleck is New Head Football Coach
Update: 11:45AM - Fleck Trades 'Row the Boat' for 'Ski-U-Mah'
Our reporting partner in Rochester, Minnesota, KROC confirmed that the University of Minnesota has named PJ Fleck as their new head coach. Fleck said in a statment released by the University:
It’s an honor to coach at Minnesota and be part of the Big Ten conference,” said Fleck. “I want to thank president Eric Kaler, athletic director Mark Coyle and the Board of Regents for this opportunity. I also want to thank Western Michigan, my players and the great fans and city of Kalamazoo for a wonderful four years.“I look forward to meeting my new players and getting to know them as quickly as possible. I am excited to put together a staff and turn my efforts to recruiting, but also want Gopher fans to know that my wife, Heather, and I and our four children will be visible in the community and we are eager to connect with them. I am ready to go. Ski-U-Mah!
Original Story Published 5AM 1/6/17
Fleck took over at Western Michigan for the 2013 season. The Broncos were 4-8 in 2012 and went 1-11 in Fleck’s first season. Western Michigan then quickly improved to 8-5 in both 2014 and 2015 before the magical 2016 season.
P.J. Fleck’s head coaching record:
- 2013: 1-11
- 2014: 8-5, lost Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
- 2015: 8-5, won Bahamas Bowl
- 2016: 13-1, lost Cotton Bowl
Regardless of the numerous reports, it's not official until PJ Fleck, WMU or Minnesota releases a statement. PJ Fleck has a scheduled press conference today at Noon.