Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck

P.J. Fleck, the University of Minnesota’s energetic new football coach, will kick off the 2017–18 edition of the Carlson School’s 1st Tuesday Speaker Series next month.

The Aug. 1 event, which is now sold out, runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the McNamara Alumni Center.

Before being named the 30th head football coach in U of M history in January, Fleck engineered a staggering four-year turnaround at Western Michigan while popularizing his “Row the Boat” mantra.

The Broncos went 1-11 in his first year in 2013; last season, they went 13-1, winning the Mid-American Conference (MAC) title and earning a berth in the Cotton Bowl. Fleck was named MAC Coach of the Year for the second time, FBS Region 3 Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association, and was a finalist for two national coach of the year awards.

Off the field, Western Michigan had a program-record seven student-athletes named to the 2016 MAC Distinguished Scholar Athlete team.

Fleck’s coaching career includes stints with the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Rutgers, Northern Illinois, and Ohio State. He played receiver at Northern Illinois, where he was a first-team All-MAC selection and finished in the top five in school history in career receptions and receiving yards. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 2004 before playing in the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers for two seasons.

To purchase tickets or table to future events, visit the 1st Tuesday web page.