Oregon hires new head coach Mark Helfrich
Oregon’s previous two head coaches, Mike Belloti and Chip Kelly, were promoted from offensive coordinator, and the Ducks are hoping the third time will have similar results. Mark Helfrich was officially named Oregon’s replacement for Kelly at a press conference Sunday afternoon.
The Oregonian is reporting the school interviewed five candidates before officially deciding to go with Helfrich.
The Medford, Oregon native played quarterback in college at NAIA Southern Oregon and held his first coaching job in 1996 from his alma mater as a running back coach. After coaching quarterbacks at Boise State and Arizona State, he made history when he was hired at Colorado and became the youngest offensive coordinator in college football at a BCS conference school at the age of 32.
He has been in the offensive coordinator role for the Ducks since the 2009 season, when Kelly took over the head coaching job. In those four seasons, Oregon has been to one BCS National Championship, one Fiesta Bowl and two Rose Bowls with a 46-7 record.
According to The Associated Press, Helfrich signed a five-year contract worth $9 million.