New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo has reportedly tabbed a new strength and conditioning coach to help snap the team’s three-year streak of being at or atop of the league in injuries.
The new coach expected to be named once McAdoo has completed his staff is former Notre Dame assistant strength and conditioning coach Aaron Wellman, according to @FootballScoop.
Wellman joined the Irish last year after serving on the Michigan coaching staff as their head strength and conditioning coach.
The Ligonier, Indiana native began his coaching career with Indiana Hoosiers before jumping over to Michigan State, where he spent three seasons. He also made a stop at Ball State.
According to his Michigan State bio, Wellman is a certified strength and conditioning specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association. He is also certified by the United States Weightlifting Federation as a club strength coach.
The Giants are certainly hoping that Wellman, who has a fitting last name, can help reverse a trend that has seen injuries tear apart the team the last three seasons. According to ManGamesLost.com, the Giants have had the third-most injuries (1,431) since the 2009 season, behind Indianapolis (1,534) and the Patriots (1,436).
In 2015, the Giants finished with 236 reports of players unable to participate due to injury, a figure calculated over the course of a 16-game season. That put them second, behind the 245 reported by the Patriots, who made it to the AFC Championship game this year.