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Fleck Begins Building Coaching Staff

Courtesy: Mat Kanan, director of athletic media relations
Release: 12/31/2012
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. - WMU football officially announced that former linebacker coach Tim McGarigle and offensive line coach A.J. Ricker join head coach P.J. Fleck's coaching staff in the same capacity.  

McGarigle rejoins the coaching staff after serving as the Broncos' linebackers coach in 2012, helping first time All-Mid-American Conference honoree Desmond Bozeman earn Third Team All-MAC Defense,  Prior to joining WMU, McGarigle served as the defensive quality control assistant and graduate assistant at Northwestern, his alma mater.

"Tim's extensive knowledge of the linebacker position, his familiarity with our team and his tireless approach to recruiting made him a coach I wanted on this staff," commented WMU head football coach P.J. Fleck.  "When you have the opportunity to hire someone that led the NCAA in career tackles you do it.  He knows about the physicality and toughness of the position and that's the style of ball I want our players to believe in. Tim is perfect to teach that.  In talking to the student-athletes, they have a tremendous amount of respect for him and feel Tim is a top notch coach.  We are very happy to have Tim and his wife Charlotte join the Bronco football family."

Ricker makes his return to the WMU coaching staff after leading the Bronco offensive line in 2011 and 2012.  Under his tutelage, Dann O'Neill earned First Team All-MAC Offense in 2012, while Kevin Galeher became the program's second center ever to be named a Rimington Trophy candidate twice in his career.

"One of the most important hires you make on a coaching staff is at offensive line and after talking with members of our team, it was clear A.J. Ricker was the choice," commented Fleck.  "The players respect A.J., they play for him.  That, in addition to A.J.'s football knowledge, and great reputation as a coach and recruiter, make him a valuable part of this staff.  We are excited to have A.J. and Lauren join us."