Mark Helfrich is the Head Football Coach of the University of Oregon Ducks. He previously served as the team’s offensive coordinator from 2009 – 2012.
Football has played a major role throughout Helfrich’s life. He was the starting quarterback at Southern Oregon from 1992 – 1995, setting school records for passing yards, touchdowns and total offense. He went on to play professionally in Europe for the Vienna Austria Vikings in 1997.
After returning to the states, he enrolled in grad school at Oregon and began working as a graduate assistant under offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. Switching gears from his track to become an orthopedic surgeon, he followed Koetter to Boise State as the quarterback coach. Helfrich again joined Koetter at his next post, Arizona State, as offensive coordinator. Praised for his knowledge of the game, Helfrich was the coach of third round draft pick Andrew Walter.
In 2006, Helfrich joined the Colorado staff as the youngest offensive coordinator in college football on the BCS level, at the age of 32. He spent three seasons developing the Buffaloes’ offense and ultimately caught the attention of Oregon.
Helfrich was named Oregon offensive coordinator and quarterback coach in 2009. He produced tremendous success; the Ducks played in four straight BCS bowls and won three PAC Conference Championships. Helfrich also played a key role in developing the quarterbacks Jeremiah Masoli, Darron Thomas and Marcus Mariota. He was honored with the National Quarterbacks Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2012.
On January 20, 2013, Helfrich accepted the Ducks Head Coach position. This made him the third consecutive Oregon offensive coordinator to be promoted to head coach.
Helfrich finished his first season with the Ducks with an 11 – 2 record and set a school record for total offense in a season. This season, the Ducks have held the #2 ranking since Week 2. They defeated FSU in the Rose Bowl and went on to play Ohio State in the CFP National Championship.