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Aaron Hillmann is in his second year as head strength and conditioning coach for football at Illinois. He was hired in January 2012 as part of Tim Beckman's first Illini coaching staff. On May 9, 2013, Hillmann was named a master strength and conditioning coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa), the profession's highest honor.

Hillmann spent the 2011 season as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Michigan, working with football.

He brings over 20 years of strength and conditioning experience to Illinois, previously serving as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Michigan, working with football. Prior to that, he spent nine years as the head strength and conditioning coach at Bowling Green University, overseeing all 18 sports at BGSU. Prior to his stint with the Falcons, Hillman served as an assistant strength coach at Notre Dame (1998-2001), Connecticut (1996-98), Cincinnati (1995-96) and Ball State (1992-95).

Hillmann also spent time as a strength and conditioning specialist for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the summer of 1994, assisting in the supervision of their preseason strength and conditioning program.

A native of St. Louis, Mo., Hillmann graduated from Missouri in 1991 with a bachelor of science degree in secondary education. He and his wife, Dina, have two sons, Jacob and Jonah, and a daughter, Skylar.