The University of Minnesota and head football coach P.J. Fleck have agreed to a new seven-year contract. This agreement, pending Board of Regents approval, will keep Fleck with the Gophers through the 2029 season.
The 2022 campaign was the sixth for Fleck at Minnesota, where he holds a record of 43-27. He is already fifth in program history for wins and sixth in Big Ten wins (26) and games coached (70). Fleck’s .614 win percentage is third best among the 11 Minnesota coaches with at least 45 games under their helm behind only Henry L. Williams (.786, 1900-21) and Bernie Bierman (.716, 1932-41, ’45-50). In his 10th season overall as a college head coach, Fleck is 73-49 (.598) overall and has been named the Big Ten Coach of the Year once and the Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year twice.
Fleck and Williams, who coached in the early 1900s, are the only two Gopher coaches to record nine or more wins in a season twice, as Minnesota posted 11 wins in 2019 and nine in 2021 under Fleck. The 11 wins in 2019 were the most for a Minnesota team since 1904 when that year’s team went 13-0 under Williams. Fleck is 3-0 in bowl games and those three wins are tied with Glen Mason (3-4 bowl record during his time coaching the Gophers from 1997-2006) for the most in school history.