P.J. Fleck was named head football coach at Minnesota on January 6, 2017. Fleck, 39, is the 30th head coach in the program’s history. He has a career record of 53-37 and is 23-15 at Minnesota.
In 2019, Fleck led Minnesota to unprecedented heights as the Gophers won 11 games for the first time since 1904. Minnesota also won seven Big Ten games for the first time in school history, beat two top-10 teams, won a Jan. 1 bowl game and ended the season ranked No. 10.
Fleck was voted Big Ten Coach of the Year by his fellow conference head coaches and was named AFCA Region 3 Coach of the Year. He was also named a finalist for the George Munger Award, Dodd Trophy, Eddie Robinson Award, Bear Bryant Award and AFCA National Coach of the Year.
Off the field, Fleck and his team can often be found at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital and annually host a diaper drive during training camp and a turkey drive during Thanksgiving to give back to the community. Minnesota has also hosted canned food and school supplies drives under Fleck. In the classroom, Minnesota has posted program record GPAs under Fleck, which included a school record 3.21 in the 2019 fall semester.
Fleck came to Minnesota after spending four years as the head coach at Western Michigan, where he was 30-22 overall and 21-11 in the Mid-American Conference. While leading the Broncos, Fleck authored one of the most memorable turnarounds in college football history. The Broncos were 1-11 in his first year in 2013, but ended the 2016 season with a No. 12 ranking, a 13-1 record, a conference championship and a berth in the Cotton Bowl.
Fleck was named MAC Coach of the Year in 2014 and 2016, and in 2016 he led the Broncos to their first MAC Championship since 1988.
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