Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receivers coach P.J. Fleck was introduced Tuesday as Western Michigan's new head football coach, saluting the Bucs organization for helping him develop.
Fleck, 32, is finishing up his first season with the Bucs, joining new head coach Greg Schiano's staff after working with Schiano for the previous two seasons at Rutgers as receivers coach.
"I'll be forever indebted to Greg Schiano,'' Fleck said at his introductory news conference. "He took me out of Northern Illinois and put me in the Big East. He saw something in me that nobody else saw. He's the most organized and detailed person I've ever been around – a heck of a football coach."
Fleck also complimented Bucs receivers Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams, who have combined for 112 catches, 2,025 yards and 15 touchdowns this season.
"They taught me you could have relationships and you can build relationships in a league that they say you can't build them in,'' Fleck said. "We had a lot of fun and we grew together.''
Fleck also praised the Glazer family that owns the Bucs, his fellow Tampa Bay coaches and general manager Mark Dominik.
"Mark Dominik's a first-class GM, a first-class man and a first-class husband,'' said Fleck, who will continue to work with Bucs receivers through the Dec. 30 season finale at Atlanta. "I'd also like to thank (offensive coordinator) Mike Sullivan, who taught me balance.''
Addressing the Tampa Bay staff, Fleck said, "You guys have been an honor to work with.''
An undrafted free agent out of Northern Illinois, Fleck spent two years as an NFL receiver for the San Francisco 49ers before starting his coaching career at Ohio State in 2006 as a grad assistant under Jim Tressel.
Fleck and his wife, Tracie, celebrated the birth of their daughter, Paisley, on Monday.