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Aaron Hillmann is in his first 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. Hillmann spent the 2011 season as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Michigan, working with football. On May 9, 2013, Hillmann was named a master strength and conditioning coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa), the highest honor given in the strength and conditioning profession.
He brings over 20 years of strength and conditioning experience to Illinois, previously serving nine years as the head strength and conditioning coach at Bowling Green, 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 (summer 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 B.S. in secondary education. He and his wife, Dina, have two sons, Jacob and Jonah, and a daughter, Skylar.