Mark Helfrich (American football)

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Mark Helfrich
Mark Helfrich.jpg
Sport(s)Football
Current position
TitleHead Coach
TeamOregon
ConferencePac-12
Record11–2
Annual salary$1,800,000
Biographical details
Born(1973-10-28) October 28, 1973 (age 40)
Medford, Oregon
Alma materSouthern Oregon University
Playing career
1992-1995
1997
Southern Oregon
Vienna Austria
Position(s)Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1997
1998-2000
2001-2005
2006-2008
2009-2012
2013-present
Oregon (GA)
Boise State (QB)
Arizona State (QB)
Colorado (OC) (QB)
Oregon (OC) (QB)
Oregon
Head coaching record
Overall11–2
Bowls1–0
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Awards
National Quarterbacks Coach of the Year (2010, 2012)
 
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Mark Helfrich
Mark Helfrich.jpg
Sport(s)Football
Current position
TitleHead Coach
TeamOregon
ConferencePac-12
Record11–2
Annual salary$1,800,000
Biographical details
Born(1973-10-28) October 28, 1973 (age 40)
Medford, Oregon
Alma materSouthern Oregon University
Playing career
1992-1995
1997
Southern Oregon
Vienna Austria
Position(s)Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1997
1998-2000
2001-2005
2006-2008
2009-2012
2013-present
Oregon (GA)
Boise State (QB)
Arizona State (QB)
Colorado (OC) (QB)
Oregon (OC) (QB)
Oregon
Head coaching record
Overall11–2
Bowls1–0
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Awards
National Quarterbacks Coach of the Year (2010, 2012)

Mark Helfrich (born October 28, 1973) is an American football coach. He is the current head football coach at the University of Oregon, where he previously served as the offensive coordinator from 2009 to 2012.

Playing career[edit]

Recruited out of Marshfield High School in Coos Bay, Oregon, Helfrich was offered an opportunity to walk on at the University of Oregon, however he decided to attend Southern Oregon instead,[1] where he was the starting quarterback from 1992-1995 and was a NAIA All-American.[2] Helfrich saw his most successful season in 1993 as he set school records for passing yards, touchdowns, and total offense.[3] In the winter and spring of 1997, he played quarterback professionally, while also serving as assistant offensive coordinator in Europe for the Vienna Austria Vikings.[4]

Coaching career[edit]

Early coaching years[edit]

Helfrich's coaching career ignited at Oregon as a graduate assistant working closely under then offensive coordinator, Dirk Koetter.[5] When Koetter was hired as head coach at Boise State in 1998, Helfrich went with him as the quarterbacks coach.

At Boise State Helfrich coached Broncos quarterback Bart Hendricks. Under Helfrich's development, Hendricks won Big West Conference Player of the Year in 1999 and 2000 and guided the Broncos to the fourth best passing offense in the nation in 2000.[6]

Helfrich followed Koetter to Arizona State when Koetter became the head coach of the Sun Devils. Under the coaching of Helfrich, Andrew Walter broke nearly every Arizona State passing record and John Elway's Pac-10 touchdown record.[7] Walter would go on to be drafted in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft.

In 2006 Helfrich joined the Colorado staff to become the youngest offensive coordinator in college football on the BCS level at the age of 32.[8] His three seasons at Colorado were a challenge as he developed the Buffaloes dismal offense into a modest improvement.[7] Despite the offense struggling and being poorly ranked nationally, Helfrich was on Oregon's radar at the end of the 2008 season.

University of Oregon[edit]

Initially, after the 2006 season Mike Bellotti contacted Helfrich about possibly joining Oregon before Chip Kelly was hired in 2007, but Helfrich declined to leave Colorado after only one season.[9] Two years later, Helfrich was named Oregon's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach on April 30, 2009, replacing Chip Kelly's position as he had been promoted to head coach.[4]

Offensive coordinator (2009-2012)[edit]

During Helfrich's four seasons as Oregon's offensive coordinator the offense produced tremendous success, ranked highly nationally in several offensive categories and became well known for their extremely fast-paced offense built around speed. Although Chip Kelly called the plays on offense, Helfrich still played an integral role in Oregon's system.[10] He had a large amount of involvement in the game planning, scripting, and coaching on a weekly basis while having a high amount of input in what plays are called and why they are called.[11]

With Helfrich coordinating under the philosophy of innovative spread offense guru Chip Kelly, the Ducks played in four straight BCS bowls from 2009 to 2012, won three straight Pac-12 Conference championships,[12] and continuously energized college football with one of the nation's best offenses in scoring, rushing, and total offense in each of those four seasons. As offensive coordinator during the Kelly era, the offense averaged 44.7 points per game with an average of 283.4 rushing yards and an average of 500.7 yards of total offense. In 2012 Oregon's offense was hailed as its best ever[13] as they averaged 49.6 points per game with an average of 537.4 yards of total offense with 315.2 of those yards per game from rushing.[14]

As quarterbacks coach, Helfrich was instrumental in the development of the quarterbacks that played under his tutelage at Oregon. In 2009, Jeremiah Masoli's leadership improved as he led Oregon to the 2010 Rose Bowl. The following season sophomore Darron Thomas guided an undefeated Oregon team to the 2011 BCS National Championship Game. Thomas finished his career 23-3 as a starter with a school-record 66 touchdown passes[15] and led the Ducks to a 45-38 victory over #10 Wisconsin in the 2012 Rose Bowl. The 2012 season showcased Marcus Mariota as the first freshman to start a season opener for the Ducks in 22 seasons.[16] He led the Ducks to a 12-1 record while being named All-Pac-12 Conference First Team,[17] Pac-12 Freshman Offensive Player of the Year,[17] and winning the 2013 Fiesta Bowl Offensive MVP Award as he guided the Ducks to a 35-17 victory over #5 Kansas State.[18]

Helfrich was recognized for his impact on the Ducks' offensive success as he was named by FootballScoop as its National Quarterbacks Coach of the Year in 2010[19] and 2012,[20] in addition to being one of three finalists as its national offensive coordinator of the year honor.[4]

Rumors of Chip Kelly departing college football for the NFL were constant during his tenure as Oregon's coach. Kelly refused to accept the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offer as head coach weeks after the 2012 Rose Bowl victory because he couldn't get a promise from Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens assuring him that Mark Helfrich would be his successor.[21] When Kelly began to interview for numerous NFL head coaching positions after Oregon's 2013 Fiesta Bowl victory, it was rumored that a succession plan was put into place for Helfrich to be the next head coach of the Ducks if Kelly were to ever leave.[22] On January 16, 2013, Chip Kelly left Oregon to become the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.[23] Due to an Oregon state law requiring public universities to interview at least one minority candidate for head-coaching positions, the succession plan became complicated.[24]

Head coach (2013-present)[edit]

On January 20, 2013, Mark Helfrich, after speculation and anticipation, accepted the offer from the University of Oregon to become the head coach of the Ducks.[4] As the successor to Chip Kelly, Helfrich's promotion continued an Oregon tradition. He is the third consecutive Oregon offensive coordinator promoted to head coach. Before Kelly replaced Mike Bellotti in 2009, Bellotti succeeded Rich Brooks in 1995.[25] Since Brooks' hire in 1977, Helfrich is just the fourth head coach at Oregon.[26]

Because of the foundation laid by Rich Brooks, Mike Bellotti, Chip Kelly and the incredible support of Phil Knight and his family and Pat Kilkenny and his family, the Oregon athletic family, this place is known among the nation as elite for many reasons. There’s so many reasons why this is a special place to me, it’s how we play, it’s our fans support, it’s our world-class facilities and the international reputation of this University.

—Mark Helfrich

Coaching Tree[edit]

Mark Helfrich is a member of the following coaching trees:

Team Served On

Family and personal life[edit]

Helfrich was raised about two hours from Eugene in Coos Bay, Oregon. As a child he would toss the football in Autzen Stadium after games, dreaming of someday playing for the Ducks. While playing quarterback at Marshfield High School, he was recruited by Rich Brooks and Mike Bellotti to walk on at Oregon. Both his father and uncle played football for the Ducks and his brother and mother went to school at Oregon as well. The first Oregon native to become head coach of the Ducks since 1942,[27] Helfrich describes coaching at the University of Oregon as being the pinnacle of his career.[28] He and his wife Megan have two children, a boy and a girl.[29]

Head coaching record[edit]

YearTeamOverallConferenceStandingBowl/playoffsCoaches#AP°
Oregon Ducks (Pacific-12 Conference) (2013–present)
2013Oregon11–27–2T-1st (North) W Alamo1210
Oregon:11–27–2
Total:11–2
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game. #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.

References[edit]

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  29. ^ http://www.goducks.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=500&ATCLID=204770343

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