Hilltoppers name Tyson Helton as head coach

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Tyson Helton has been hired as the new Western Kentucky Hilltoppers head coach, according to FootballScoop. He replaces Mike Sanford, who was fired on Sunday.

Under Sanford this season, the Hilltoppers went 3-9. They also were 2-6 within the Conference USA.


This will be Helton’s first tenure as a college football head coach.

Helton comes to the school after being the Tennessee Volunteers offensive coordinator this past season under first-year head coach Jeremy Pruitt.

He spent the previously two seasons with his brother Clay with the USC Trojans. He was the team’s quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator.

Helton worked for the Hilltoppers before arriving in Los Angeles, California. He served as Western Kentucky’s offensive coordinator under former head coach Jeff Brohm.

In 2013, Helton was the Cincinnati Bearcats tight ends and special teams coach. He spent the 2012 season as the UAB Blazers running backs coach.

He served as the Blazers quarterbacks coach from 2007 through 2011. He also was the Memphis Tigers tight ends and special teams coach from 2004 through 2006.

Helton served as the Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors tight ends and special teams coach from 2001 through 2003. He also was a graduate assistant in 2000 with the Rainbow Warriors.

Sanford went 9-16 in two seasons at the school. When Helton was previously the offensive coordinator, the team went 20-7.

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