College football: P.J. Fleck named Western Michigan coach
By Rick Armstrong email@example.com December 17, 2012 3:44PM
Updated: January 19, 2013 6:16AM
A source with knowledge of the situation has confirmed Kaneland High School and NIU grad P.J. Fleck will be named the new head football coach at Western Michigan University.
He will replace Bill Cubit, who was fired after the team’s regular-season finale in late November.
Multiple sources in Michigan were also confirming the news Monday, broken by the Kalamazoo Gazette that the former Kaneland and Northern Illinois University football standout will be introduced at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.
Fleck, 32, is currently the wide receivers coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers under head coach Greg Schiano. He held the same position for Schiano the previous two seasons at Rutgers.
The Western Michigan Broncos are Mid-American Conference West Division rivals of Fleck’s alma mater.
A key member of Kaneland’s back-to-back state champion football teams in 1998 and ’99, Fleck played for Joe Novak at Northern when the Huskie program began the turnaround that has culminated with this season’s invitation to play in the Orange Bowl.
Fleck earned Mid-American Conference honors in 2003 on the 10-2 team that started 7-0, beat Alabama and was ranked as high as 12th in the nation.
He signed with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2004 and was with the team for two seasons before beginning his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Ohio State in 2006. He served as the wide receivers coach at NIU from 2007-09 and was also recruiting coordinator for coach Jerry Kill in ’09.
Fleck was named offensive coordinator at Northern by coach Dave Doeren in February of 2012 but resigned from the position a day later and eventually rejoined Schiano, who had earlier left Rutgers for the NFL job.