He will be in his fifth season at UAB when the 2011 season commences this fall.
In addition to his duties coordinating the Blazer offense, Helton coaches the tight ends.
Since coming on board at UAB, Helton has helped energize the Blazer offense. UAB's average offensive output per game the last two years represents two of the top three season marks in Blazers' history. The UAB offense registered 5,074 yards last season, the second-highest single-season total ever for the Blazers.
Quarterback Bryan Ellis, despite starting only nine games during the fall, threw for 2,940 yards and 25 touchdowns, the No. 5 and No. 2 marks, respectively, for a season at UAB.
The Blazers finished the 2010 campaign ranked No. 24 nationally in total offense (422.8 yards per game) and were 24th in passing offense (267.0).
In 2009, UAB's rushing average of 229.9 yards per game was the highest mark for the Blazers in school history and ranked No. 7 in the nation. Their total offense average of 425.9 yards represents the second-highest average per game since the program was formed in 1991 and ranked 22nd in the country.
Quarterback Joe Webb, now with the NFL's Minnesota Vikings, was named the Conference USA Offensive Player-of-the-Year following the 2009 season after he became the first player in NCAA history to pass for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 in back to back seasons.
Helton has an impressive resume of experience. Prior to coming to UAB, he served as running backs coach with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League in 2006. While with the Argonauts, Helton coached Ricky Williams and John Avery.
Helton's collegiate coaching experience includes a stint as the head coach at the University of Houston from 1993-99. He also spent time as the offensive coordinator at Miami from 1979-82, coaching quarterbacks Jim Kelly and Vinny Testaverde. Helton got his coaching start in the collegiate ranks as the offensive line coach at his alma mater, the University of Florida, from 1973-78.
Helton coached for five different NFL teams with his most recent stop with the Washington Redskins under Steve Spurrier (2002-03). Helton coached with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1983-86), Houston Oilers (1987-89), the LA Raiders (1990-92) and the Miami Dolphins (1993).
He spent a year with the Memphis franchise in the XFL from 2000-01 as assistant to the director of player personnel. He also served as the interim quarterbacks coach.
As a collegiate player at Florida, Helton made an immediate impact with the Gators in 1967 as he was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team. As a sophomore, he was the recipient of the team's Most Outstanding Sophomore Award. In 1970 as a senior, he was named Florida's Offensive MVP while leading the Gators to a 14-13 win over Tennessee in the Gator Bowl.
Helton earned his bachelor's degree from Florida in 1970. He and his wife, Pam, have two sons: Clay, an assistant football coach at the University of Southern California and Tyson, an assistant football coach on the staff at UAB.