U of M, Fleck Agree on Contract Extension

November 22, 2017 04:24 PM

University of Minnesota head football coach P.J. Fleck will be "rowing the boat" into 2023.

The university announced Wednesday that the school had agreed to a contract extension with head football coach P.J. Fleck. The agreement is now pending approval from the Board of Regents. The extension is expected to be discussed when the board meets in December.


The one-year extension allows the contract to run through the 2022 football season and into January 2023. Fleck, 36, was hired by the university in January after four years as head football coach at Western Michigan University.

Fleck, 36, was hired by the university in January after four years as head football coach at Western Michigan University.

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According to the University of Minnesota, Fleck's five wins this season were the most gained by a first-year head coach new to the program since Murray Warmath won seven games in 1954.

"It's an honor to coach at the University of Minnesota and in the Big Ten," Fleck said in a statement released Wednesday. "Mark Coyle and I share the same goal of building a championship culture and team at Minnesota. It's a goal that we are working on daily together and one that we will achieve. I am proud of how hard our young men have worked to improve this season on living a holistic life. They have taken great strides in bettering themselves athletically, academically, socially and spiritually. I look forward to leading them and watching them grow on and off the field as we continue to move this program forward."

KSTP Sports, which obtained Fleck's contract in February, reported the $18 million contract included five years as head coach for the university's football team.

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Fleck Playing and Coaching Experience

Fleck was named MAC Coach of the Year in 2014 and 2016. During the 2016 season, Fleck led his team to win 13 games and eight games each season in 2014 and 2015. He was 30-22 overall and 21-11 in the Mid-American Conference.

Fleck was also named a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award and the George Munger Award after Western Michigan became the first team in MAC history to win each of its eight league games by 14 or more points.

Prior to his role as head coach at Western Michigan, Fleck was a wide receivers coach for the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012 and he coached the receivers at Rutgers from 2010-2011. He also coached receivers and was the recruiting coordinator at Northern Illinois for the Huskies in 2009. Fleck tutored the receivers for the Huskies from 2007-2008 and his coaching career began as a graduate assistant at Ohio State in 2006.

Fleck was a receiver for the Huskies from 1999-2003. He also played the 2004-2005 seasons with the NFL's San Francisco 49ers.

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