Skip to main content

Fleck: 'I simply feel called to take on this new challenge'

P.J. Fleck made his incoming arrival in Minnesota official with a heartfelt thank you to Western Michigan.
  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

New Gophers head football coach P.J. Fleck released a statement to NewsChannel3 in Kalamazoo early Friday that he's leaving Western Michigan to become the new head coach of Gophers football. Shortly after, the Gophers made the new hire official.

"It is with mixed emotions that I announce my decision to leave Western Michigan University for the head football coaching job at the University of Minnesota," Fleck said, via Fox 9. "Although I am grateful for and excited about this opportunity, this was a very difficult decision to make; one that involved much introspection and prayer. Heather (his wife) and I love Kalamazoo and the Western Michigan University family of staff, students, alumni and fans. I simply feel called to take on this new challenge and to start a new chapter in my family’s journey. I am proud of what we have accomplished together in Kalamazoo. I feel we have left WMU football in a much better place than when we arrived here. That was our mission. I’ll always be your fan and friend. RTB PJ.”

Western Michigan athletic director Kathy Beauregard confirmed the news.

We have a lot more on Fleck here. He's expected to be formally introduced at Minnesota on Friday afternoon.

Next Up

291734046_502006195017388_4346404407323115820_n

Sheriff: Search for 3 kids at Vadnais Lake is 'likely triple homicide'

"A horrible set of facts appears to be developing," said Sheriff Bob Fletcher.

Pixabay laptop keyboard phone dark

Charges: Duluth man had hundreds of child porn images, videos

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children found nearly 330 images on the man's electronic devices.

hennepin county sheriff water patrol lake minnetonka

Scuba diver found dead in Lake Minnetonka identified as 20-year-old

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office said 20-year-old Brady Alan Aune, from Elko New Market, died of freshwater drowning on June 3.

Screen Shot 2022-06-30 at 11.18.35 AM

Felony charges filed after authorities search 'Peacebunny Cottage'

The president of the rabbit rescue non-profit faces multiple animal cruelty charges after over 40 rabbits were found dead inside the organization's barn.

monkeypox virus

Minnesota up to 6 confirmed cases of monkeypox virus

Most people recover at home within 2-4 weeks.

thc edibles

Did Minnesota just accidentally legalize THC?

A Republican lawmaker who voted to approve the new law in May is already talking about rolling it back.

Screen Shot 2022-06-30 at 3.19.42 PM

Gasoline may be cause of sewer explosion on U of M campus

An all-clear was given around 9 p.m. Thursday, with residents in the area allowed to return to their homes.

image

Overwhelming demand for THC products on first day of new law in MN

One shop owner said his Chaska store broke the online sales record before they opened Friday morning.

Flickr - Lake Minnetonka boat - Greg Gjerdingen

Increased drunk boating enforcement over 4th of July weekend

The increased enforcement is part of the Operation Dry Water initiative.

Kayak

Four kayakers stranded, rescued in Chisholm park

The kayakers became stranded at Redhead Mountain Bike Park Thursday afternoon.

SherburneCoJailDrugArrests

Duo charged after 10-pound meth package sent to wrong address

More than 10 pounds of meth are off the street thanks to a delivery error.

Screen Shot 2022-07-01 at 11.01.32 AM

Bird Rides' suburban expansion continues in Minnesota

Its scooter season in Minnesota. The latest on where you can find Bird e-scooters:

Related

Fleck: 'I simply feel called to take on this new challenge'

P.J. Fleck made his incoming arrival in Minnesota official with a heartfelt thank you to Western Michigan.

P.J. Fleck is the new Gophers football coach

P.J. Fleck took Western Michigan to the Cotton Bowl and appears to be the new head coach of the Gophers.

P.J. Fleck is the new Gophers football coach

P.J. Fleck took Western Michigan to the Cotton Bowl and appears to be the new head coach of the Gophers.

Reports: WMU officials claim P.J. Fleck illegally contacted former players

Western Michigan officials have some questions for P.J. Fleck.

Reports: WMU officials claim P.J. Fleck illegally contacted former players

Western Michigan officials have some questions for P.J. Fleck.

Reports: P.J. Fleck adds a pair of offensive assistants to staff

P.J. Fleck adds some Western Michigan flavor to the Gophers coaching staff.

Reports: P.J. Fleck adds a pair of offensive assistants to staff

P.J. Fleck adds some Western Michigan flavor to the Gophers coaching staff.

P.J. Fleck > Tim Brewster ... and there's an entire country to back that up

P.J. Fleck has been compared to Tim Brewster, but Gopher fans should know the rest of the country thinks Fleck is for real.