BREAKING: P.J. Fleck inks new seven-year contract to remain head coach of Gophers football

Minnesota football head coach P.J. Fleck will now remain with the program through the 2028 season


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Head coach P.J. Fleck celebrates on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 at Huntington Bank Stadium.

by Tony Liebert, Sports Reporter

Fifth-year Gophers head coach P.J. Fleck has officially signed a new seven-year contract to remain with the program through the 2028 season.

“This is home,” said Fleck. “Our family loves it here and we are excited to continue this journey at the University of Minnesota. From day one, we talked about cultural sustainability and how important it is to building a successful football program and life program. Today is another step in that process, and this new contract is a commitment to our elite staff and the entire state of Minnesota. Heather and I are so thankful to our staff, Mark Coyle, President Joan Gabel and the Board of Regents for trusting us to lead this program. Our goal is to recruit and coach at an elite level and to have our young people achieve academic, athletic, social and spiritual excellence. It’s a tremendous honor to lead this program, and we will continue to work to build a culture that connects the entire state.”

This season, Fleck has led the Gophers to a 6-2 record and a 4-1 record in Big Ten conference play. He has accumulated a 32-21 record during his five total seasons leading the program.

Fleck has already established himself as one of the best coaches in program history. In 2019, the team’s 11 wins were the most in program history since 1904. He is already 10th in school history in games coached (53) and sixth in wins (32).

“P.J. and Heather continue to do everything the right way,” said Director of Athletics Mark Coyle. “He continues to build a program that fans can take great pride in, and his student-athletes compete at a high level academically, athletically and socially. He is a tremendous recruiter and has elevated the stature of our program by an immeasurable amount. I am grateful to President Gabel and the Board of Regents for their continued support, and I look forward to Coach Fleck continuing to lead the Gophers.”

The extension is pending approval from the Board of Regents, who approved Fleck’s last contract extension with a unanimous vote in 2019.