Feb. 2, 2015
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Aaron Wellman, a 19-year strength and conditioning coach at the Division I collegiate level, has been named an assistant director of strength and conditioning for the University of Notre Dame.
“I’m extremely excited about the opportunity to not only work at a incredible school like Notre Dame, but also be part of the Fighting Irish football program,” said Wellman. “Coach (Paul) Longo and his staff are at the top of the strength and conditioning profession, and I look forward to joining the team.”
“I’ve known Aaron for a long time and we’ve competed against each other numerous times,” said director of football strength and conditioning Paul Longo. “We jumped at the chance to add him to our staff. Anytime you have a chance to add a proven veteran like Aaron to your staff it’s definitely going to improve the program.”
Wellman is a registered master strength and conditioning coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA), a certified strength and conditioning specialist and personal trainer by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and a specialist in performance nutrition by the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA).
Wellman spent the previous four years (2011-15) as the director of strength and conditioning at the University of Michigan. He was responsible for the yearly programming of strength, speed and football-specific conditioning. Wellman performed movement screenings to evaluate mobility and stability deficits along with subsequent programs to mitigate individual injury risk. He implemented athlete-monitoring systems including GPS, psychometric questionnaires, neuromuscular fatigue assessments and salivary testing.
Prior to his tenure at Michigan, Wellman held similar director positions at San Diego State University (2009-2011) and Ball State University (2004-09).
Wellman began his strength and conditioning career as a graduate assistant at Indiana University (1996-98). He then spent three years as a full-time assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Hoosiers and was primarily involved with the football, baseball and softball teams, as well as developing individual nutrition programs for student-athletes.
Wellman also worked for three years at Michigan State University (2001-03). He was involved with all aspects of the strength and conditioning program for football and assisted with men’s and women’s basketball and ice hockey.
A native of Ligonier, Indiana, Wellman was a four-year member of the Manchester (Indiana) College football team. He earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise science in 1996. Wellman added separate master’s degrees from Indiana University in applied sport science (1998) and nutrition science (2009).
Wellman and his wife, Shellie, have a son, Grant, and a daughter, Grace.
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