Tyson Helton named WKU head football coach

Tyson Helton named WKU head football coach
Tyson Helton, a former Western kentucky University assistant, was named the 21st head football coach of the Hilltoppers on November 27, 2018.

BOWLING GREEN, KY (WAVE) - Western Kentucky University has called upon a man familiar with the program to head the Hilltoppers.

Tyson Helton, a former WKU assistant, was named today the 21st head football coach at WKU.

“I am pleased to welcome Tyson Helton back to the WKU family,” said Western Kentucky University President Dr. Timothy Caboni in a statement announcing the hiring. “He is an outstanding fit for Western Kentucky University and his work to build a football program that competes for championships will advance our department of athletics and enhance the national reputation of WKU.”

Helton, 41, was the Hilltoppers offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2014 and 2015 season. After leaving The Hill, Helton was the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Southern California for his brother, head coach Clay Helton. He was also the first hire made by Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt after Pruitt took over the Vols in 2018.

Dr. Timothy Caboni, the WKU President, said he was pleased to Helton back to the WKU family and called him, "an outstanding fit for Western Kentucky University and his work to build a football program that competes for championships will advance our department of athletics and enhance the national reputation of WKU.”

Helton replaces Mike Sanford who was fired November 24 after two seasons at the helm. Under the former Notre Dame offensive coordinator, WKU went 3-9 this season and 9-16 overall.

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