May 4, 2014
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Brad Helton, the video coordinator for Marshall University athletics, has been named the 2013-14 Conference USA Video Coordinator of the Year – Helton’s 10th year to receive the conference’s honor from the Collegiate Sports Video Association.
Helton also shoots photographs for HerdZone.com and the Herd Insider.
Helton was selected by a majority vote of his peers in the C-USA to receive the honor. He is now a finalist for the prestigious Bob Matey National Video Coordinator of the Year award, which will be announced at the annual CSVA banquet on May 22.
Helton has previously won the Bob Matey Award for his work in the 2002-03 season.
The 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 at Texas A&M.
Helton, recognized nationally as one of the leaders in his field, has served as the Marshall video coordinator since he joined the MU 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.
Prior to his arrival at Marshall, Helton was a member of the production department at WOWK, the CBS affiliate in the Huntington-Charleston market. He is a 1994 graduate of East Tennessee State, with a degree in mass communications.
Before transferring, Helton played one year of college baseball at Gardner-Webb. He is a 1988 graduate of Virginia High School in Bristol, Va.
Helton is also a well-known still photographer and in addition to his Herd Insider work, 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, director of MU’s Buck Harless Student-Athlete Program, have two children, Ryan and Haley.