Ben Hilgart

Ben Hilgart

Player Profile

Park Falls, Wis.

Football Strength and Conditioning Coordinator

Second Year

Alma Mater:
Western Illinois, '00


Aho Exits Spring Ball With Hard Hat Supremacy

Lobo senior tight end earns award for his winter conditioning program work


Stevens: Springtime for Lobo Football Means Footballs in The Air

Lobo Coach Bob Davie said he will emphasize improving UNM's passing game both in spring and fall drills


Stevens: Spring Ball Is Lobos' Time For Lobos

New Mexico Coach Bob Davie says he enjoys spring ball with no worries about future opponents


Lobo Seniors Showcase Their Talent on Pro Day

Kicker Rivara impresses after hitting a 60-yard field goal


Lobos for Life: Football Pro Day Training

Strength coach Hilgart gets seniors ready to work out for NFL scouts


  • Has trained a total of 31 NFL players from Arizona State, Ohio State and UTEP.
  • Produced 10 first-team All-Pac 10/Pac-12 players at Arizona State.
  • Served as strength coach at Arizona State to consensus All-America tight end Zach Miller in 2006.

Ben Hilgart enters his second season at New Mexico after spending four seasons (2008-11) as Head Sports Performance Coach at Arizona State University. Hilgart worked directly with the Sun Devils football program, in addition to overseeing the sports performance programs for all 20 ASU sports.

He spent the prior three seasons (2005-07) as the Senior Assistant Sports Performance Coach at ASU. Hilgart served as the lead assistant to the football team, in addition to managing all facets of the sports performance programs for the men's and women's track and field and wrestling teams. During that three-year span, the Sun Devils track and field teams won a combined four national titles in indoor and outdoor competition.

Before arriving at ASU, Hilgart spent two seasons at Ohio State University in Columbus. He started as the assistant strength and conditioning coach before being promoted to associate strength and conditioning coach. Hilgart also spent two years at UTEP as the graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach. He served as the head strength coach and assistant defensive line coach at his alma mater, Western Illinois, in 2001.

Hilgart was a two-year letterman at Western Illinois, earning his bachelor's degree in Physical Education. He earned his master's degree in Kinesiology from UTEP in 2003. Hilgart has also served as the head strength coach at Deer Valley High School in Glendale, Ariz.

Hilgart and his wife Jamie have two daughters, Riley and Reagan.

The Hilgart File

Hometown: Park Falls, Wis.
Birthdate: Dec. 1, 1976
Family: wife Jamie; daughters Riley and Reagan
Education: B.S., physical education - Western Illinois, 2000; M.S., kinesiology - UTEP, 2003
Playing Experience: Western Illinois 1997-98
Postseason: Division I-AA second round, 1997, Division I-AA semifinals, 1998

Coaching experience:
2013 New Mexico (Athletic Strength and Conditioning Coordinator)
2012 New Mexico (Football Strength and Conditioning Coordinator)
2008-11 Arizona State (Head Sports Performance Coach)
2005-07 Arizona State (Senior Assistant Performance Coach)
2004 Ohio State (Associate Strength and Conditioning Coach)
2003 Ohio State (Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach)
2002-03 UTEP (Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach)
2001 Western Illinois (Assistant Defensive Line/Football Strength and Conditioning)

Bowl games: 2011 Las Vegas Bowl; 2007 Holiday Bowl; 2006 Hawai'i Bowl; 2005 Insight Bowl; 2004 Alamo Bowl; 2004 Fiesta Bowl ('03 season)