Bret Bielema Wife: Who Is Jennifer Hielsberg?

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Bret Bielema, the American football coach, is happily married to his wife, Jennifer Hielsberg, a former model and entrepreneur.

Their love story began in Las Vegas in 2008, during Bret’s tenure as the head coach of Wisconsin.

Interestingly, Bret initially told Jen that he was an MBA history professor. It was a part of his strategy to start conversations with strangers.

Bielema later revealed that he often used this tactic on airplanes to avoid talking to people. 

Bret Bielema And His Wife Jennifer Bielema, Together With Their Kids
Bret Bielema And His Wife Jennifer Bielema, Together With Their Kids (Source: Twitter)

Bret Bielema started his coaching journey at Iowa as a graduate assistant and later as a linebacker.

Following his tenure as a co-defensive coordinator at Kansas, he moved to Wisconsin as a defensive coordinator.

Similarly, the three-time Big Ten Championship winner was promoted as the Wisconsin Badgers’ head coach and later joined Arkansas in 2013.

Following his stint at Arkansas, he moved on to the NFL, joining the New England Patriots as a defensive consultant to head coach Bill Belichick.

The LIII Super Bowl-winning coach was hired by the New York Giants as their outside linebackers coach.

Moreover, the Big Ten Coach of the Year has been serving as the head coach of the University of Illinois since 2021.

Bret Bielema Wife: Who Is Jennifer Hielsberg?

Bret Bielema’s wife, Jennifer Hielsberg, was born in Tampa, Florida, on April 1, 1985. She has a degree in psychology from the University of Florida.

Jennifer Hielsberg always wanted to be part of the glamour industry since her childhood and started her modeling career when she was a teenager.

Mrs. Bielema worked for many modeling agencies in the United States and appeared in several commercials, headlines, and magazines. Additionally, she also had some experience in finance and business.

Bret and Jennifer dated for four years before getting engaged on April 1, 2011. They got married on March 10, 2012, in a Catholic church in Madison, Wisconsin.

Bret Bielema With His Wife, Jennifer, And Kids
Bret Bielema With His Wife, Jennifer, And Kids (Source: Instagram)

Bielema and Hielsberg have been each other’s support during their tough times. For instance, Marilyn, Bret’s mother, passed away in August 2023. Likewise, Jennifer’s father also passed away in September 2023.

The couple have also moved to different states due to Bielema’s coaching career, from Wisconsin to Arkansas to New York to Illinois.

Moreover, the Bielema couple enjoys an impressive net worth of around $8 million. On top of that, Bret earns an annual salary of $4.2 million as the head coach of Illinois.

Bret Bielema And Jennifer Bielema’s Kids

Bret Bielema and Jennifer Hielsberg share a beautiful family with two adorable daughters: Briella Nichole (born on July 8, 2017) and Brexli Nichole (born on March 8, 2019).

In addition to their lovely daughters, Jennifer Hielsberg is a devoted parent to her two dogs, Ricky and Lucy.

Bret and Jennifer The Two Daughter Of Bret And Jennifer
Bret and Jennifer The Two Daughter Of Bret And Jennifer(Source: Twitter)

Jennifer’s affection for animals is reflected through her social media posts, where she often shares heartwarming moments with her furry companions.

She also frequently shares many adorable pictures of her daughters on social media.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. What is Jennifer Hielsberg’s Body measurement?

Jennifer stands at a height of 5 feet 9 inches (175 cm) and weighs 56 kilograms (121 pounds). Further, she has blonde hair and hazel eyes, which add to her distinctive appearance.


Aayusha Bhattarai

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