Jim Bob Helduser
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February 27, 1957|
February 26, 2010|
College Station, Texas
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1986–1991||Texas State (QB/WR/OL)|
|2003–2007||Texas A&M (OL)|
|Head coaching record|
Helduser is a Groves, Texas native and a 1975 graduate of Port Neches–Groves High School. He attended Texas Lutheran University, where he graduated in 1979. He also earned a master's degree at Southwest Texas State University. His first coaching experience was at Alief-Elsik High School. Helduser then became an assistant to Ray Alborn at Rice University. Following Alborn's dismissal in 1983, Helduser was out of the collegiate coaching ranks for a couple of years. In 1986, he was hired by John O'Hara to coach the quarterbacks, wide receiver and offensive linemen at Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University–San Marcos). Helduser remained in that position when O'Hara was replaced with Dennis Franchione in 1990.
After Franchione had left Southwest Texas State for the University of New Mexico, Helduser was promoted to head coach. In five seasons, he compiled a 20–34–1 total record. After his fourth season, Helduser was replaced with Bob DeBesse, whom he later coached with at Texas A&M University. After a year as head coach at Lake Travis High School, in Austin, Texas, Helduser was approached by Franchione to join his staff at Texas Christian University as offensive line coach. He there coached the offensive line assisting for NFL running back LaDainian Tomlinson. After an 11-1 winning season at Texas Christian University and two Western Athletic Conference championships, Helduser later followed Franchione to coach at the University of Alabama (ending in a 10-3 season) and Texas A&M University. In his collegiate coaching career he produced many nationally recognized and NFL athletes and was notorious for his experience in recruiting. Jim Bob Helduser left Texas A&M in 2007 to become offensive coordinator for Bryan High School in Bryan, Texas.
Helduser died on February 26, 2010, at his home in College Station, Texas, after a battle with colon cancer. He is survived by his wife, Janet Wiegman Helduser of San Antonio, Texas, son, Brant Helduser, and daughters, Kylene and Jenna Helduser.
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