Coaches & Assistants

Mark Helfrich
Offensive coordinator

Biography

Mark Helfrich was hired as the Chicago Bears offensive coordinator on January 12, 2018.

Helfrich most recently served as the head coach at the University of Oregon from 2013-16 where he compiled a 37-16 overall record during his four years, including a 24-12 mark in the Pac-12. He enjoyed his best season in 2014 in leading the Ducks to a school-record 13 wins, a Pac-12 championship, a Rose Bowl victory in the inaugural College Football Playoff semifinal and an appearance in the CFP national championship game. Also that season, quarterback Marcus Mariota became the first Oregon player to win the Heisman Trophy before being selected as the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. In recognition of his efforts, Helfrich was finalist for the Eddie Robinson and Maxwell Football Club Coach of the Year.

Prior to becoming the head coach in Eugene, Helfrich served as the offensive coordinator for former head coach Chip Kelly at Oregon from 2009-12. During that time the Ducks played in four straight BCS bowls and won three consecutive Pac-12 championships. Under Helfrich and Kelly's tutelage, Oregon's offense averaged 44.7 points per game and 283.4 yards rushing while putting up more than 500 yards of total offense per game. The 2012 season featured one of the top offensive seasons in Oregon history as the Ducks averaged 49.6 points and 537.4 yards per game.

Prior to his arrival at Oregon, Helfrich served three seasons in the same capacity at Colorado (2006-08), five years as quarterbacks coach at Arizona State (2001-05) - which included his final three campaigns in Tempe, Ariz., as passing game coordinator - and three seasons as quarterbacks coach at Boise State (1998-2000).

It didn't take long for Helfrich to be 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 and 2012, in addition to being one of three finalists as its national offensive coordinator of the year honor.

Helfrich began his coaching career as running backs coach at Southern Oregon in 1996 before playing and coaching (offensive coordinator) in Europe with the Vienna (Austria) Vikings in the winter of 1997.

Helfrich spent the 2017 season working as a college football analyst for Fox Sports.

Mark Helfrich was hired as the Chicago Bears offensive coordinator on January 12, 2018.

Helfrich most recently served as the head coach at the University of Oregon from 2013-16 where he compiled a 37-16 overall record during his four years, including a 24-12 mark in the Pac-12. He enjoyed his best season in 2014 in leading the Ducks to a school-record 13 wins, a Pac-12 championship, a Rose Bowl victory in the inaugural College Football Playoff semifinal and an appearance in the CFP national championship game. Also that season, quarterback Marcus Mariota became the first Oregon player to win the Heisman Trophy before being selected as the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. In recognition of his efforts, Helfrich was finalist for the Eddie Robinson and Maxwell Football Club Coach of the Year.

Prior to becoming the head coach in Eugene, Helfrich served as the offensive coordinator for former head coach Chip Kelly at Oregon from 2009-12. During that time the Ducks played in four straight BCS bowls and won three consecutive Pac-12 championships. Under Helfrich and Kelly's tutelage, Oregon's offense averaged 44.7 points per game and 283.4 yards rushing while putting up more than 500 yards of total offense per game. The 2012 season featured one of the top offensive seasons in Oregon history as the Ducks averaged 49.6 points and 537.4 yards per game.

Prior to his arrival at Oregon, Helfrich served three seasons in the same capacity at Colorado (2006-08), five years as quarterbacks coach at Arizona State (2001-05) - which included his final three campaigns in Tempe, Ariz., as passing game coordinator - and three seasons as quarterbacks coach at Boise State (1998-2000).

It didn't take long for Helfrich to be 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 and 2012, in addition to being one of three finalists as its national offensive coordinator of the year honor.

Helfrich began his coaching career as running backs coach at Southern Oregon in 1996 before playing and coaching (offensive coordinator) in Europe with the Vienna (Austria) Vikings in the winter of 1997.

Helfrich spent the 2017 season working as a college football analyst for Fox Sports.

 

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