P.J. Fleck resigns from offensive coordinator position

By Northern Star Staff

UPDATE: P.J. Fleck resigned from his position as NIU football’s offensive coordinator, head coach Dave Doeren announced Friday.


While one two-time former NIU football offensive coordinator departs, another former Huskies coach comes in to replace him.

Huskies’ coach Dave Doeren announced that P.J. Fleck will replace Matt Canada as their offensive coordinator. Canada took the same position with the Wisconsin Badgers.

“When I found out Matt Canada was leaving, the first person who came to mind was P.J.,” Doeren said in a press release. “We spoke at length about why this is the right place for him. It was very evident to me that he bleeds NIU, and he would have tremendous pride and passion working not just for me, but for the university to help continue what we started last year, and really what he started here as a player. His recruiting abilities and passing game expertise, working alongside Coach Carey as our run game coordinator, will be a great combination for our offense. It’s great to have P.J., Tracie and their son Carter back at Northern Illinois, and I know Huskie fans are going to be thrilled.”

It’s a second homecoming for Fleck, who played for NIU 1999-2003. The Kaneland, Ill. From 2007-09, Fleck was a part of NIU’s coaching staff. Fleck has spent the past two seasons at Rutgers.

“I am really excited to be back home and to re-join the Huskie family,” Fleck said in a press release. “One of the big reasons why I came back was Dave Doeren. He contacted me about the position and it immediately sparked my interest. It gives me a chance to continue to develop myself as a coach. Responsibility equals growth, and he’s given me an enormous amount of responsibility. It’s a great challenge and I can’t wait to get started.”

Doeren filled the final vacancy of his coaching staff with Mike Uremovich. Similar to Fleck, Uremovich has previous ties with NIU. The New Lenox, Ill. native was a graduate assistant for former Huskies coach Joe Novak. Uremovich spent the past seven seasons as the head coach for University of St. Francis (Joliet).

“I have had my eye on Mike since I interviewed him last year,” Doeren said. “He’s a guy that has worked his way up in the profession. He has coached every position on offense and every unit on special teams so he brings a lot of experience. He’s a guy that has built and run his own program and turned it in to a winning program. He brings a great sense of pride about being a Division I coach here, and we want to welcome Mike, his wife, Katie, and their children, Ella, Mikey and Drew to the Huskie family.”

NIU will start spring practices March 28.