Kyle Helf enters his fourth season as the throws specialty coach for the 49ers track & field program. Helf, who competed in the SEC in the very successful and highly regarded throwing program at the University of Georgia, joined the Charlotte staff mid-season in April 2012 after two seasons of coaching at Campbell University.
This past season the Charlotte throwers enjoyed success as they returned to Conference USA. At the C-USA indoor championships Kerrick Williams won the weight throw and placed 7th in the shot put. At the outdoor championships, Dan Freeman placed fifth in the javelin as well as breaking the school record, which stood since 1998. Similarly, Aubrey Dowding broke the women’s javelin record at the championship as well.
In 2013, Helf saw Senior Jake Deaton set the A10 and school Indoor shot put record, win three A10 titles as well as a school record in the discus and qualifying for the NCAA championships in Eugene Oregon in the event. Since Helf’s start in April 2012 the Men and Women throwers have set eight school records, won one CUSA title, four A10 titles, five A10 runner up finishes, seven NCAA East Preliminary Qualifiers and one NCAA Championship qualifier.
At Campbell, Helf saw five school records broken and helped the throws group contribute a significant number of the team's conference points. He also guided the program through a head coaching change, acting as interim head coach for several months and assuming much responsibility in day-to-day administrative operations.
Prior to Campbell, Helf competed for four years at the University of Georgia as a member of the Bulldogs track and field team. He ended his collegiate career ranked fourth on the school's all-time indoor/outdoor shot put list.
As a Bulldog, Helf was a four-time indoor/outdoor NCAA Championships qualifier in the shot put and a 2008 NCAA Finalist in the event. That season, he was named the UGA Field Athlete of the Year. In 2007, Helf won the bronze medal in the shot put at both the indoor and outdoor SEC Championship. That year, he was also the Texas Relays shot put champion and received the UGA Thrower of the Year honor. In addition, he was a two-time UGA Roundtable Scholar Athlete and a two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll Student.
In the year following finishing his eligibility, Helf remained at Georgia to finish his degree. He interned for the Georgia team, worked in the academic center, coached at a high school and did some private coaching before getting his start in collegiate coaching at Campbell.
A native of Ontario, Canada, Helf has also represented his native country in the sport of track and field over a several year period. Among his accomplishments is a pair of second place finishes in the shot put at the 2008 Canadian Olympic Trials and the 2006 Canadian National Championships. Additionally, Helf is a multiple-time national team member for Canada in the Youth, Junior and U23 categories.
Helf, who obtained his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Georgia in 2009, is also an ISSA certified specialist in strength and conditioning and certified teacher of health and physical education.