Michigan Wolverines Hire Matt Aldred as Head Strength Coach

The University of Michigan men's basketball program has hired Matt Aldred as its new head strength and conditioning coach, reuniting him with head coach Dusty May. Aldred previously worked at Furman University and will also oversee strength and conditioning for the Michigan men's golf team.

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Michigan Wolverines Hire Matt Aldred as Head Strength Coach

Michigan Wolverines Hire Matt Aldred as Head Strength Coach

The University of Michigan men's basketball program has announced the hiring of Matt Aldred as its new head strength and conditioning coach. Aldred reunites with head coach Dusty May, with whom he worked at the University of Florida during the 2017-18 season.

Aldred spent the last six years as the head strength and conditioning coach at Furman University, where he was promoted to assistant head coach and director of basketball performance in his final season. He was the nation's first basketball strength coach to be designated "assistant head coach/director of basketball performance." In addition to working with the men's basketball team, Aldred will also oversee strength and conditioning for the Michigan men's golf team.

Head coach Dusty May expressed enthusiasm about the hire, saying, "Matt (Aldred) only bolsters the goal of creating a staff of great teachers and genuine people who can help our players away from the game." May added, "I met Matt six years ago and have always been impressed with him. His forward thinking, work at Furman, and academic teachings make him a unique coach who will enhance our strength and conditioning program."

"It's an honor to be joining Dusty May's staff at one of the premier universities in the world," said Aldred. "The opportunity to work with Dusty, and his staff and represent the University of Michigan is a blessing. I will give my all to help develop our student-athletes into some of the best in the country. As a staff, we are committed to excellence, and working as one to ensure the Wolverines are a national championship contender."

At Furman, Aldred worked alongside head coach Bob Richey and was responsible for all aspects of the strength and conditioning program for the men's basketball team. He also worked with the men's golf, cross country, and track & field teams while mentoring a team of strength and conditioning fellows. Prior to Furman, Aldred began his coaching career as an assistant strength coach at Florida in 2017-18, where he first connected with May.

Aldred replaces Jon Sanderson, who departed the Michigan program last year after an altercation with former head coach Juwan Howard. Sanderson had been seen as the backbone of the strength program and was initially retained by Howard when he took over in 2019. Aldred's hiring marks a fresh start for Michigan's strength and conditioning as the Wolverines look to remain a national contender under May's leadership.

Key Takeaways

  • Michigan hires Matt Aldred as new head strength and conditioning coach.
  • Aldred reunites with head coach Dusty May, whom he worked with at Florida.
  • Aldred spent 6 years as head strength coach at Furman University.
  • He'll also oversee strength and conditioning for Michigan's men's golf team.
  • Aldred replaces Jon Sanderson, who departed after an altercation with Juwan Howard.