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Fleck, Winfield Jr. named Big Ten coach and defensive back of the year

Fleck, Winfield Jr. named Big Ten coach and defensive back of the year Photo: Stacy Bengs/Associated Press/KSTP/Jeff Brioschi

Updated: December 03, 2019 05:41 PM

P.J. Fleck was named the Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year by conferences coaches, according to a release from the University of Minnesota. 

The award has two groups voting for it, therefore, there are two winners. The media selected Ohio State coach Ryan Day as their coach of the year, while Fleck's fellow Big Ten coaches named him the winner.

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This is Fleck's third coach of the year award with the first two coming as Mid-American Conference coach of ther in 2014 and 2016.

"This is a tremendous honor, but it is one that belongs to our entire staff, team and administration," Fleck said. "Head coaches are only as good as the people around them and we have the best in the business. I also want to thank my wife Heather and our children, as I would not be able to do this without their unconditional love and support."

Fleck has improved upon Minnesota's record every year, culminating in a 10-2 record thus far in 2019.

Antoine Winfield Jr. was named the Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year. He is the first Gopher to recieve the award. 

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