Helton and his team use state of the art broadcast-quality video production and computer editing equipment to insure that the Marshall Coaching Staff has a clear picture of the Thundering Herd practices and games. Helton also is responsible for obtaining and preparing materials on opponents, facilitating in-depth breakdowns and game planning. With a state of the art computer network/digital editing system, Helton provides Herd coaches with almost instant access to video and data on Marshall games, practices and opponents.
Helton has been named conference video coordinator of the year, as selected by his peers, seven times. In addition, he was 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 married to Marshall graduate Tara Gilman and the couple has two children, Ryan Chandler (8) and Haley Elizabeth (5).