P.J. Fleck returns to NIU

Northern Illinois coach Dave Doeren announced the addition of P.J. Fleck as his offensive coordinator and Mike Uremovich as his running backs coach and special teams coordinator on Thursday.

Fleck is a former Northern Illinois player and coach. He was a wide receiver for the Huskies from 1999-2003 and later became the team's wide receivers coach from 2007-2009. He spent the last two seasons as Rutgers' wide receivers coach.

"When I found out [former offensive coordinator] Matt Canada was leaving, the first person who came to mind was P.J.," Doeren said in a statement. "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 [Rod] Carey as our run game coordinator, will be a great combination for our offense."

Uremovich has spent the past seven years as the head coach at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill. St. Francis reached the NAIA playoffs for the first time in 24 years in 2011. He was also previously a graduate assistant under former Northern Illinois coach Joe Novak.

"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."

Northern Illinois will begin spring practice on March 28.

Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at spowers@espnchicago.com.