Coaching Council

At Football Coach U, we have assembled a group of the top coaches in the country to ensure the highest quality information. We take education seriously and want to pass along only the best content. In order to reach our mission of helping great coaches build great programs, we needed to gather the most respected coaches, who not only talk-the-talk, but also walk-the-walk (these elite coaches are in-the-trenches getting results everyday).

Here is Football Coach U’s Coaching Council:

Jim Kielbaso

Jim Kielbaso

Director of Football Coach U

Jim Kielbaso is the Director of Football Coach U. He is also currently the director of the Total Performance Training Center in Wixom, Michigan. He received his Masters Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan. He’s a former college Strength Coach and has written two books on speed training, produced multiple training videos and spoken at the largest coaches clinics around the country (like the Glazier Football Clinics, Nike Coach of the Year Clinics, Detroit Lions Strength & Conditioning Clinic, NSCA National Convention, IYCA National Summit, Toronto Speed & Agility Symposium, and many College and High School Football Coaches Clinics). Coach Kielbaso has worked with thousands of athletes at all levels of competition (youth, high school, national level, collegiate, Olympic, NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL. In his 20+ year strength & conditioning career, he has worked with countless football players at every level to improve their speed and athleticism.

Jim Kielbaso works with several high schools, and has helped develop guys from high school all the way to the NFL. NFL agents regularly send Jim elite football players in order to prepare for the NFL combine and Pro Days, and the University of Michigan hired him to work with their graduating seniors to prepare for the same events. Jim also gets called into major high school and college football programs to set-up or fix their current strength, speed & conditioning programs (in fact, John Calipari even had him in to work with and get his Kentucky Wildcats faster and more explosive).

Ted Rath

Ted Rath

Detroit Lions

Ted Rath the Detroit Lions assistant strength and conditioning coach, joining the team during the 2009 offseason. He had spent the previous two years as the assistant director of strength and conditioning for his alma mater, the University of Toledo. Rath was a linebacker for the Rockets (2003-2006) and helped them claim the 2004 MAC Championship and earn two bowl game berths, including the 2004 Motor City Bowl at Ford Field.

After graduating from Toledo with a degree in Physical Education, Rath started his professional career at nearby Crestwood (Dearborn Heights, Mich.) High School where he was an assistant football coach as well as their director of speed and strength training. Rath is certified through the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (C.S.C.C.A.). He has written articles for multiple publications and speaks at numerous conferences and football camps throughout the year. Rath also started the annual Detroit Lions Strength and Conditioning Clinic in 2011. The event is a forum for providing, sharing and exchanging information in the ever changing world of strength & conditioning.

Ken Mannie

Ken Mannie

Michigan State University

A 40-year coaching veteran, Mannie is the longest-tenured head football strength and conditioning coach in the Big Ten Conference, serving 20 years at Michigan State University. In 2002, the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association awarded Mannie the title of Master Strength and Conditioning Coach.

Coach Mannie has written more than 300 articles and four book chapters on the various aspects of strength/conditioning, speed/power development, sports nutrition, motivation, athletics, and the anabolic drug abuse issue. He has served as a consultant to several NFL teams on training equipment, program design, and the organization and administration of testing protocols. Prior to his arrival at Michigan State, Mannie spent nine years in a similar capacity at the University of Toledo (1985-94). He worked for Nick Saban in 1990 when the Rockets won a share of the Mid-American Conference title and finished 9-2.


Darl Bauer

West Virginia University

Darl Bauer is the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for football at West Virginia University. He earned a B.S. in physical education from Hillsdale college in Michigan, where he was also a 4-year letter winner as a linebacker on their football team. Bauer completed his M.S. in athletic coaching education from West Virginia.

Coach Bauer interned at Eastern Michigan University and has extensive experience running high school football strength and conditioning programs. He also worked as a sports performance specialist at the Total Performance Training Center in Michigan where he designed and administered programs for NFL clientele.

Ron McKeefery

Ron McKeefery

Eastern Michigan University

Ron McKeefery is the head strength and conditioning coach at Eastern Michigan University. The 2008 Under Armour Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year, McKeefery has served as a strength and conditioning coach at both the collegiate and professional level.

McKeefery spent the 2013 season working with the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals after serving as the head strength and conditioning coach at the University of South Florida and the University of Tennessee. In 2013, McKeefery received the prestigious title of Master Strength & Conditioning Coach at from the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.

He has lectured for the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Association, and numerous major universities, and has been published in the National Strength and Conditioning Journal, American Football Monthly and Stack Magazine.

Matt McGettigan

Matt McGettigan

United States Air Force Academy

Matt McGettigan is the head strength and conditioning coach for football at the United States Air Force Academy. McGettigan earned recognition as the 2001 National Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by the Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society.

McGettigan spent 11 years as the strength and conditioning coach at Iowa State before coming to Air Force in 2007. Prior to this, he was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Notre Dame and the strength and conditioning coordinator for Wisconsin-Platteville. McGettigan completed his undergraduate work in physical education at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, in 1987, where he was a three-year starter on the football team. He earned his master’s degree in 1989 from Wisconsin-Platteville.

Aaron Hillmann

Aaron Hillmann

University of Illinois

Aaron Hillmann is the head strength and conditioning coach for football at University of Illinois. In 2013, Hillmann was named a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa), the profession’s highest honor.

He brings over 20 years of strength and conditioning experience to Illinois, previously serving as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of 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).

Freddie Walker

University of Pittsburgh

Freddie Walker currently accepted a position with University of Pittsburgh football team. He was the former Associate Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Football at the University of Illinois. Prior to arriving at Illinois, he served as a graduate assistant at Michigan State University, working with the Spartans’ 2010 Big Ten and 2011 Big Ten – Legends Division championship football teams and earning his Masters Degree in athletic administration.

He earned a degree in Kinesiology specializing in Exercise Science from Bowling Green State University in 2009, as well as being a former walk-on and letter winner for the Falcons. He also spent time working as a sports performance coach at Total Performance Training Center in Michigan where he created and implemented strength and conditioning programs at two high schools.

Chris Mohr

Elite Sports Nutritionist

Dr. Chris Mohr is simply one of the very best in the world. He has Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Nutrition from the Pennsylvania State University and University of Massachusetts, respectively. He earned his PhD in exercise physiology from the University of Pittsburgh and is a Registered Dietitian and Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics.
He was a consulting Sports Nutritionist for the Cincinnati Bengals and is also an Expert Contributor to Reebok. Through his company Mohr Results, Inc., he works with all types of individuals from youth to professional athletes.

Dr. Mohr is a Nutrition Spokesperson and Consultant to a number of media outlets and corporations including – Discovery Health Channel, The Dairy Council, Clif Bar, Nordic Naturals

He often appears on TV as a nutritional guest expert, including an appearance with Chef Emeril Lagasse

Dr. Mohr Was the nutrition expert for a book he worked on with LL Cool J called “LL Cool J’s Platinum Workout” and worked closely with Fitness Celebrity Denise Austin to create the entire nutrition component of her latest book.

He is on the Advisory Board for Men’s Fitness Magazine and has written over 500 articles for consumer publications, such as Men’s Fitness, Weight Watchers, Men’s Health and Fitness, to name a few.