AARON BURKART | HEAD STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH
Aaron Burkart is in his first year with Texas State as the head football strength and conditioning coach. He joins the Bobcat staff after spending two seasons with James Madison University as the director of football strength & conditioning.
Burkart previously worked two years at the University of Illinois as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for football. From 2010-12, he worked two stints at Florida and one at West Virginia, holding a similar role at WVU working with basketball. At Florida, he was responsible for assisting the Gators with baseball and football, and oversaw 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.
Burkart is originally from Columbus, Ohio, where he attended Bishop Watterson High School.
JAKE HOWE | STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH
Jake Howe comes to 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 also 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.
JOHN STREICHER | DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL OPERATIONS
John Streicher joins Texas State’s football coaching staff after serving the last two years on James Madison’s football staff. Last year, he was named the director of football operations and player personnel last year at James Madison, where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the JMU football program and oversaw JMU’s football recruiting and roster. He served as a special assistant to the head coach in his first year at James Madison.
Streicher went to James Madison after spending six seasons on the football staff at Ohio State. He worked the first four years as an equipment manager and his final two years as a student assistant with the defensive staff when he worked with the defensive secondary under Withers.
Streicher earned his bachelor's and master’s degrees from Ohio State. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, he is married to the former Carolina Farrar.
ZACH LUCAS | HEAD EQUIPMENT MANAGER
Zack Lucas returned to Texas State as the head equipment manager in July 2015 after serving the previous two seasons as an assistant equipment manager at Florida State. He was on the Seminole equipment staff when Florida State won a 2013 National Championship and played in the first FBS Playoff Semifinal game.
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 a daughter Lacey.
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.