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CSVA Names Helton Conference USA Video Coordinator of the Year

Marshall's Brad Helton

April 30, 2012

The Collegiate Sports Video Association named Brad Helton, Video Coordinator for Marshall University, the 2011-2012 Conference USA Video Coordinator of the Year. Mr. Helton will be sharing the title this year with Juergen Karp, the Video Coordinator at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Helton and Karp were selected by a vote of their peers in Conference USA to receive the Video Coordinator of the Year honors. They are now finalists for the prestigious Bob Matey National Video Coordinator of the Year award, which will be announced at the annual CSVA banquet on May 17, 2012.

The Bob Matey Award is presented to the Video Coordinator who displays innovation, determination, perseverance, and technical skill as portrayed by the late Bob Matey, legendary Video Coordinator from Texas A&M.

Helton, who is recognized nationally as one of the leaders in his field, has served as the Marshall video coordinator since he joined the staff in 1995.

Helton and his staff use state-of-the-art broadcast-quality video production and computer editing equipment to insure that the Marshall Football staff has a clear picture of the Thundering Herd's practices and games. He is also responsible for obtaining and preparing materials on opponents, facilitating in-depth breakdowns and game planning. With a computer network/digital editing system, Helton provides Marshall coaches with almost instant access to video and data on games, practices and opponents.

Helton has been named conference Video Coordinator of the year, as selected by his peers, eight times. He was also honored by the Collegiate Sports Video Association with the Bob Matey National Video Coordinator of the Year Award for his work in the 2002-2003 season.

Prior to his arrival at Marshall, Helton was a member of the production department for the local CBS affiliate in Huntington, WOWK-TV.

He is a 1994 graduate of East Tennessee State University with a bachelor's of science in mass communications. While at ETSU, he did work as the color commentator for women's basketball broadcasts. Before transferring, Helton played one year of college baseball at Gardner-Webb University. He is a 1988 graduate of Virginia High School in Bristol, Va.

Helton is also a well-known still photographer and has been hired on numerous occasions to shoot pro/celebrity golf tournaments and various NFL events, including the MCI Heritage (PGA), NFL Charities Super Bowl Golf Classic, The Crosby and the John Daly Make-A-Wish Celebrity Golf Classic. In addition to his position as Director of Video Services, he currently oversees Marshall's Athletic Photographic services and archiving and manages the online photo store.

Helton and his wife Tara, Marshall's Director of the Buck Harless Student-Athlete Program, have two children, Ryan Chandler (13) and Haley Elizabeth (11).