Michigan football team loses assistant strength and conditioning coach Aaron Hillmann
Three days after the Michigan football team's Sugar Bowl victory, Brady Hoke lost his first assistant as the Wolverines' head coach.
Assistant strength and conditioning coach Aaron Hillmann accepted a job on the staff of new Illinois head coach Tim Beckman, the school announced Friday. He will be the Illini's head strength and conditioning coach.
Hoke said Thursday he expected his staff to remain intact.
Hillmann served one season with the Wolverines, working under head strength and conditioning coach Aaron Wellman. He came to Ann Arbor via Bowling Green, where he spent 10 years overseeing the school's 18 sports.
He also spent time as an assistant strength coach at Notre Dame (1998-2001), Connecticut (1996-98), Cincinnati (1995-96) and Ball State (1992-95).
Michigan hosts Illinois for homecoming on Oct. 13.
Beckman replaces Ron Zook, whom the Illini fired before playing in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. They won that game against UCLA to finish 7-6. They were 2-6 in Big Ten play.