Former Boise State football player returns to coach at Wendell

Published: May. 28, 2021 at 8:28 PM MDT|Updated: May. 28, 2021 at 8:29 PM MDT
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WENDELL, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — A former Boise State football player is returning to coach at Wendell after being away for nearly eight years.

Jon Helmandollar will coach the Trojans in the fall.

He last led the program from 2011 to 2013, taking Wendell to the playoffs in 2012 and helping them reach the state semi-finals the following year.

A 2002 graduate of Eagle High School, Helmandollar was a running back at Boise State in the mid-2000s and the first Bronco to record five touchdowns in a game.

After stints in Oregon, and most recently Columbia High School, he battled some obstacles the past few years.

But now he’s ready to get going.

“I’m just extremely blessed to be back in Wendell”, explained Helmandollar. “It’s been a little bit of a road back and come full circle. I’m excited! The community I love here and I love the kids. It was kind of a no brainer to me to apply and go through that process and get back into coaching and do what I love.”

“One of the first things that he did was get with Coach Kelsey and get Coach Kelsey on his staff and reached out to kids to be multi-sport athletes and I think that’s helped and if you looked at our weight room, the numbers are really good and it’s continued to improve,” added athletic director Mike Green.

Helmandollar is retaining some of the coaches and has hired others. Green said if anyone is willing to volunteer, to contact the school.

The previous coach, Michael Konrad left to take a teaching position at CSI.

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