SOU Graduate Mark Helfrich to Join Chicago Bears Coaching Staff

Mark Helfrich played Quarterback for Southern Oregon University in the mid-90's. (

Multiple reports indicate that former University of Oregon Head Coach Mark Helfrich will join the Chicago Bears coaching staff as Offensive Coordinator under new head coach Matt Nagy.

After Chip Kelly left in 2013 for a job with the Philadelphia Eagles, Helfrich took over as Head Coach at Oregon. He had previously served as offensive coordinator under Kelly from 2009-2012.

Helfrich was fired in 2016 after going 4-8 that season. He finished his Oregon career with a 37-16 record.

Helfrich had a decorated career as a student athlete at Southern Oregon University before his coaching career began.

The former SOU Quarterback graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1996.

He played football for the Raiders from 1992-1995, earning NAIA Honorable Mention All-America honors in 1993. Also in 93' Helfrich would set team records for pass attempts in a season, passing yards in a season, passing touchdowns in a season, and total offense.

Those records have since been broken, however, Helfrich ranks as one of the most successful quarterbacks in SOU Raider history, not only on the field but also in the classroom. Helfrich was named both an NAIA Scholar Athlete and FA Academic All-Star. He was inducted into the SOU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012.

This will be Helfrich's first NFL job.


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