Linfield Wildcats

Roy Helser

Coach 1950 - 1970; Athletic Director 1968 - 1973

Roy Helser Roy Helser, who coached athletics for 21 years, left his competitive stamp on the Linfield College athletic program.

Helser was the Wildcats' head baseball coach for 21 seasons, a span in which Linfield won 14 Northwest Conference championships and one NAIA national title in 1966. He retired from coaching in 1970 with a career record of 316-199-6, then served as the college's athletic director for five years. He also served as men's basketball coach from 1949 to 1961 and was an assistant football coach under Paul Durham for several seasons. Helser's basketball teams won four conference titles during his tenure. Helser graduated from Linfield in 1936 after earning 11 letters in football, basketball and baseball.

From 1937 to 1951, Helser was a professional baseball pitcher and spent 10 seasons as member of the Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League. Helser compiled a 121-106 record on the mound for the Beavers. The southpaw won 20 or more games in three consecutive seasons and was instrumental in the Beavers' winning the PCL pennant in 1945. After his playing career, he managed the Drain Black Sox to three consecutive Southwestern Oregon League baseball championships in 1952, 1953 and 1954. Few people recall that Helser did not play high school sports but found his niche in baseball under Coach Henry Lever. The baseball field is named in his honor and was formally dedicated in 1973.