BRYAN -- Longtime football coach Jim Bob Helduser passed away Friday morning at his home in College Station after a lengthy battle with Cancer.
Helduser was an assistant coach at Bryan High with Bob Bellard and his Vikings the last two seasons. Prior to that, he was Texas A&M's offensive line coach (2003-2007) under former head coach Dennis Franchione.
"Our hearts are heavy today," said BISD Athletic Director Harry Francis. "We feel we've been some of the luckiest people around to have had Jim Bob on our staff."
Helduser completed his 30th football season this past fall with the Vikings. He started his coaching career in Houston as an assistant at Rice in charge of defensive backs/receivers/tight ends.
In 1984 he left the Owls to become the offensive coordinator at Alief Elsik High School.
In 1986 he was hired by his Alma Mater, Southwest Texas State, to coach the quarterbacks/offensive line/wide receivers/defensive coordinator.
In 1990 Dennis Franchione took over as the head coach at SWTS uniting Coach Fran and Jim Bob for the first time.
Fran left the Bobcats after two seasons to take over at New Mexico which opened the door for Helduser to become the Bobcats Head Coach for the next 5 seasons.
Because of his service in Sam Marcos, Jim Bob was affectionately labeled "Mr. Bobcat" by former SWTS State Head Football Coach David Bailiff.
Jim Bob left his Alma Mater in 1997 and returned to the high school ranks where he took over at Lake Travis.
His stay with the Cavaliers was a brief one. In 1998 Coach Fran called up Helduser asking him to join his staff at TCU and coach the offensive line.
Helduser and Fran would stay together from 1998-2007 which would include stops at Alabama and Texas A&M.
When Coach Fran resigned following the 2007 season at Texas A&M, Helduser didn't want to uproot his family again and decided to take a teaching position and assistant football coaching job at Bryan High School.
"He truly was a part of our Viking family," said Francis. "He touched the kids and coaches in a special way in his brief two years at Bryan High," concluded Francis.
Helduser is survived by his wife Janet and has three children: Brant (27), Kylene (21), & Jenna (16).
Funeral arrangements are pending as of Friday at 11:30pm.
James Robert Helduser would have celebrated his 53rd birthday on Saturday February 28.
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