AARON BURKART | HEAD STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH
Aaron Burkart is in his second year with Texas State as the head football strength and conditioning coach. He joined the Bobcat staff after serving two seasons as the director of football strength & conditioning at James Madison.
Burkart previously worked two years at the Illinois as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for football. From 2010-12, he worked two stints at Florida and one at West Virginia. He worked with basketball at West Virginia and was responsible for assisting with Florida’s baseball and football teams, while overseeing softball.
He held the same position at his alma mater, Bowling Green, from 2009-10 working with football, golf, women’s soccer, hockey and basketball. Burkart started his professional career at Ball State, serving as an assistant strength and conditioning coach during the 2006-07 season.
Burkart played college football at Bowling Green, where he was a member of the 2003 MAC West Champion and Motor City Bowl championship team, as well as the 2004 GMAC Bowl championship squad. Graduating with honors in 2006, he earned his bachelor’s degree in education.
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Burkart’s wife, Chelsea, serves as a sports dietitian for athletics and a lecturer at Texas State.
JAKE HOWE | STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH
Jake Howe is in his second year as a strength and conditioning coach at Texas State after serving as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach at Pittsburgh in 2015. Howe joined the football staff at Pitt in the spring of 2015 after playing defensive tackle at Illinois from 2010-14.
As a senior defensive tackle, he helped the Fighting Illini earn a berth in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Howe was a three-time Academic All-Big 10 selection while earning a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. He also began working on a master’s degree in sports management at Illinois.
In addition to playing football at Illinois, he served as an intern with the strength and conditioning staff and helped administer the Fighting Illini’s offseason strength and conditioning program.
ZACH LUCAS | DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL OPERATIONS
Zach Lucas is in his fourth year overall and third season as the head equipment manager at Texas State after rejoining the program in July 2015. Lucas returned to the school after serving as an assistant equipment manager at Florida State for two years when the Seminoles won a 2013 National Championship and played in the first FBS Playoff Semifinal game in 2014.
Lucas returned to Florida State after serving as an assistant equipment manager at Texas State in 2012. His first stint with the Seminoles came during the 2011 season when he was a volunteer equipment manager while attending graduate school at Florida State.
Lucas went to Florida State after serving as a student manager at Oklahoma State from 2008-July 2011. He was a member of OSU’s staff at the 2008 Pacific Life Holiday Bowl, 2009 AT&T Cotton Bowl and the 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl.
Born April 6, 1988 in Austin, Lucas received a bachelor’s degree in physical education at Oklahoma State in 2010. He and his wife, Meghan, have two daughters Lacey and Julia.
MIKE GEORGE | PLAYER PERSONNEL
Michael George joined the Texas State football staff as the director of player personnel in June 2016 after serving six seasons on the football staff at Ohio University, including the past three years as the Director of Player Personnel and High School Relations.
George previously served as a graduate assistant coach with the offense and worked with the wide receivers, assisted in breaking down opposing offenses and coordinated the scout team.
George went to Ohio after serving as an operations intern at The Ohio State University in 2009, assisting primarily with academics and community outreach. The Buckeyes finished with an 11-2 record, won an outright Big Ten and Rose Bowl championships and was No. 5 in the final AP poll.
He also was a graduate assistant for the offense at Villanova University in 2008, coaching the tight ends and assisting with the offensive tackles. George also coordinated all offensive video and broke down opponent defenses. Villanova finished the season with a 10-3 record and was a NCAA D1-FCS Quarterfinalist.
George previously worked as a student intern with the offensive line and assisted with off-the-field work at Ohio State in 2006 and 2007 after starting his coaching career at his alma mater, Washington University in St. Louis, and worked with the tight ends and H-backs and helped guide the team to a 6-4 record.
He also was a four-year student-athlete for the football and track & field teams at Washington. George was a two-year starter at tight end and earned All-Conference recognition in 2004. His senior class finished with a 26-14 combined record in college, and was unblemished in conference play. He also earned multiple All-Conference honors in the shot put and discus.
A native of Russell, Ohio, George graduated from Washington University in 2005 with majors in physics, mathematics, and classics. He also was awarded a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Washington in 2006. George earned his second master’s degree from The Ohio State University in 2008. Most recently in 2013, George earned a master’s degree from Ohio University in recreation and sports sciences. He and his wife, Lise, have two children, Soledad and Joaquín.
CLAYTON BARNES | ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT
Clayton Barnes is in his first season as the player personnel assistant and recruiting at Texas State after serving as an offensive quality control coach and recruiting assistant for the Bobcats in 2016.
Barnes came to Texas State after serving as an offensive intern at Sam Houston State in 2015. He also was a volunteer assistant football coach at A&M Consolidated High School from 2013-15 while he was a student at Texas A&M. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sports managament at Texas A&M in 2015.
JASON KARLIK | HEAD ATHLETIC TRAINER
Entering his 19th year at Texas State, Jason Karlik is in his third year as the head athletics trainer for the Bobcats and fourth season as the head trainer for the Texas State football team.
Karlik assumed his current duties in the middle of the 2014 campaign after serving 12 years as an assistant athletic trainer and the team trainer for the men’s basketball team and overseeing the athletics training for Texas State’s baseball and softball teams.
He began his career with the Bobcats as graduate assistant while earning a master’s degree of exercise and sports science at Texas State in 1998.
In addition to his training responsibilities, Karlik is a member of the Texas State faculty and teaches classes in the Athletic Training Education Program while also supervising students in clinical settings.
A native of Oregon City, Ore., Karlik earned his bachelor’s degree from Western Oregon University in 1994. Upon graduation, he served as the Head Athletic Trainer for Centennial High School from 1995-96. He and his wife, Stephanie, have two children, Jackson and Haley.