Aaron Wellman is in his third year as Michigan State football's assistant strength and conditioning coach. The 29-year-old Wellman spent five years at Indiana (1996-2001) where he served as a graduate assistant in the weight room for two years before being named assistant strength and conditioning coordinator in 1998. As a graduate assistant under Matt Bomba, he worked closely with Indiana's football, softball and baseball teams. As a full-time assistant, Wellman helped implement a physical development plan for the Hoosier football program.
Prior to joining the Indiana staff, Wellman completed a strength and conditioning internship at Notre Dame in 1995 where he coordinated individual workouts for Irish football, basketball and baseball players.
Wellman is a certified strength and conditioning specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association. In addition, he is certified by the United States Weightlifting Federation to be a club strength coach.
A four-year letterman (1993-96) at Manchester (Ind.) College, Wellman was a three-year starter at defensive back. He received his bachelor's degree in health and physical education from Manchester College in 1996. Wellman earned a master's degree in kinesiology from Indiana University in 1998 and is nearing completion of a second master's in nutrition science.
A native of Ligonier, Ind., Wellman is married to the former Shellie Thompson of Noblesville, Ind.
THE WELLMAN FILE
YEARS AT MICHIGAN STATE: Third. Joined staff on Aug. 1, 2001, from Indiana.
PREVIOUS COACHING EXPERIENCE: College -- Internship at Notre Dame (1995); graduate assistant at Indiana (1996-1998); assistant strength and conditioning coach at Indiana (1998-2001).
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in health and physical education from Manchester (Ind.) in 1996; master's degree in kinesiology from Indiana in 1998.
PLAYING EXPERIENCE: College -- Three-year starter at defensive back at Manchester (1993-96).
BOWL EXPERIENCE: Coach -- 2001 Silicon Valley Football Classic.