As the coaching carousel turns, another coach fills a vacancy. Adding to what has already been a busy Monday, Western Michigan announced that Tampa Bay Buccaneers assistant P.J. Fleck has been hired as the university’s new football coach.
The Kalamazoo Gazette and Sports Illustrated‘s Pete Thamel reported earlier Monday that Fleck had been hired. WMU confirmed those reports Monday evening. A press conference to introduce Fleck has been tentatively set for 3 p.m. ET on Tuesday.
At 32, Fleck becomes the youngest coach in major college football. Fleck was an assistant under Greg Schiano at Rutgers before taking a one-day promotion as NIU’s offensive coordinator. Fleck was also previously the wide receivers coach at NIU from 2007-09.
Fleck’s hire comes one month to the day after WMU fired Bill Cubit. Cubit had an overall record of 51-47 in his eight years with the Broncos, though his team went just 4-8 in 2012.