FBMICHIGANBANNERSponsor UpdateWhen:  May 18, 2013 8a.m.-4p.m.


Total Sports Complex – Wixomdsc_0472dsc_0891

30990 Wixom Rd

Wixom, MI 48393

(248) 669-9817

For Whom: Coaches, Trainers, Athletes, Parents, and interested individuals of Football Strength and Conditioning.



Speaker Bios:

Aaron Wellman – Head Strength Coach, University of Michigan

Aaron WellmanAaron Wellman is in his second year at Michigan as the football team’s strength and conditioning coach. He came to Ann Arbor after spending two years at San Diego State and five years at Ball State with Brady Hoke.

Wellman has 15 years of experience at the Division I collegiate level, including seven years in the Big Ten Conference. A safety at Division III Manchester College in Indiana, Wellman began his career as a graduate assistant at Indiana University, where he earned his master’s degree in 1998. He spent three years as an 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.

At Michigan State, Wellman was involved with all aspects of the strength and conditioning program for the football team, and assisted with men’s and women’s basketball and ice hockey.

A member of the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, Wellman is a certified strength and conditioning specialist. He and his wife, Shellie, have a son, Grant, and a daughter, Grace.

BlairWagnerBlair Wagner – Head Sports Performance Coach, Eastern Michigan University

Blair Wagner is entering his third year at Eastern Michigan University, and the second as the head sports performance coach.

An assistant strength and conditioning coach at The Citadel from 2007-10, the 28-year-old Wagner worked directly with the basketball and wrestling programs, while assisting with the Bulldogs football and baseball teams. He was first appointed in December 2007 after spending the fall with the College of Charleston in a similar position. While with the Cougars, he was responsible for the men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s swimming/diving and men’s and women’s track and field teams. In addition, he assisted with men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball.

In October 2007, Wagner had the privilege of assisting with the training of the NBA’s New York Knicks during their preseason camp.

Prior to arriving in Charleston, S.C., Wagner spent a short time as a volunteer strength coach at the University of Nebraska Kearney.

Wagner attended the University of Wyoming and obtained his bachelor’s degree in exercise science in kinesiology while working primarily with the UW Football and strength and conditioning programs.

He holds certifications from the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, National Strength and Conditioning Association, USA Weightlifting, National Academy of Sports Medicine, and Precision Nutrition.

A native of Cheyenne, Wyo., Wagner completed his master’s degree in exercise science from The Citadel Graduate College in May 2010.

Dan NicholDan Nichol – Head Strength Coach, Western Michigan University

Dan Nichol was officially announced as the strength & conditioning coach for the football program on Jan. 22, 2013.

Nichol comes to WMU after spending the past five seasons as the head speed, strength & conditioning coach at the University of Maine.  Prior to that stint, Nichol also served as the head strength coach at Dartmouth (2006-07) and Tennessee-Martin (2005).

Nichol earned an undergraduate degree in applied exercise science from Springfield College and a masters in strength and conditioning from the same institution.

He cut his teeth in the strength & conditioning arena under Chris Doyle at Iowa while an intern in 2002.

Nichol is a certified strength and Conditioning Specialist as well as First Aid/CPR.  While still in college, Nichol worked with the Quincy High School football program and youth camps from 1998-2001.

Ted RathTed Rath – Assistant Strength Coach, Detroit Lions

Ted Rath returns for his fourth season as the Lions strength and conditioning assistant after 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.

While working with Toledo’s strength and conditioning program, Rath directed the strength regimens for all 15 of their Olympic Sports. He also assisted with all phases of football training protocols, including design and implementation of their workouts. Prior to being named assistant director, Rath worked as a graduate assistant and focused on the strength programs for men’s basketball, baseball, track, cross country, golf and swimming.

Rath, along with Coordinator of Physical Development Jason Arapoff, 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.

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. The Monroe, Mich., native is certified through the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (C.S.C.C.A.) and has been published on www.speedandstrengthcoach.com.


Jim KielbasoJim Kielbaso, MS, CSCS – Director

After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Michigan State University, Jim headed to Ann Arbor to get a Masters Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan. While in school, Jim worked as an intern in the Strength & Conditioning Program in U-M’s Athletic Department. During that time, he also served as the Strength & Conditioning Coach at Holt High School and worked as a personal trainer at the Michigan Athletic Club in East Lansing.

After graduate school, Jim ran an Athletic Republic training center for a year before he was hired as the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at the University of Detroit Mercy. While at UDM, Jim was a part of numerous league championships and NCAA Tournament appearances in a variety of sports. In addition to coaching responsibilities at the university, he also served as an adjunct faculty member teaching courses in Sports Medicine. After seven years at the university, Jim joined forces with the Total Sports Complex to open the Total Performance Training Center in August 2002.

Jim is the Regional Coordinator for the National Strength & Conditioning Association where he organizes clinics for trainers and coaches and provides support for members of the organization. He has been a featured speaker at clinics and conferences all over the country and has authored articles in numerous publications. Jim is the author of three books – Speed & Agility Revolution, World’s Hardest Exercises and Weight Loss In Reality – and was contracted by the Michigan High School Athletic Association to develop a strength & conditioning curriculum for their Coaches Advancement Program. He also contributes regularly to several strength and conditioning and diet reviews websites During his career, Jim has trained thousands of athletes including professional football, basketball and hockey players, Olympic competitors, hundreds of college athletes and too many youth athletes to count. He is proud to be able to bring the training techniques of college and professional athletes to younger athletes looking to reach their potential.

HeadshotRon McKeefery – Former Director of S&C, University of Tennessee

A Nationally recognized leader in the area of sports development.  The Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Society awarded him the Under Armor Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year.

Coach McKeefery is a sought after industry speaker.  He has lectured for the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Association, and numerous major universities. Ron has been published in the National Strength and Conditioning journal, American Football Monthly, and Stack Magazine.

Coach McKeefery has served as a strength and conditioning coach at both the Professional and Collegiate level.  Working with such professional organizations as the: Kansas City Royals (MLB), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL), and the Berlin Thunder (NFL Europe).  Currently he is the Director of Strength and Conditioning at the University of Tennessee.  Prior to UT he spent 10 seasons with the University of South Florida (Div I BCS level).

At South Florida he coached 20 NFL Draft Picks, including 1st Round Draft Pick and Pro Bowlers Mike Jenkins & Jason Pierre-Paul.  Additionally he has had 7 All Americans, numerous NFL free agents, and All Conference Selections.  In his time at South Florida the Bulls transitioned from Div I-AA to the BCS Big East Conference.

He earned a Master of Arts degree from the University of South Florida in Adult Education and Bachelor degrees from Ottawa University in Biology and Physical Education.  While at Ottawa University he was a two sport athlete earning All Conference honors in Football and Track.  He was also a two time Academic All American.

Ron is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist w/Distinction (CSCS*D) and Coach Practitioner under the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as well as a Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC) under the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA).  He served as the State NSCA Director for Florida (North).