Todd Helton might be the best baseball player to ever come out of the Tennessee baseball program. And now he’ll be coming back to Rocky Top.
The 17-year MLB veteran will join the Tennessee coaching staff as director of player development, the school announced in press release.
Helton became the first player in Colorado Rockies history to have his jersey retired. In addition to being a five-time all-star and three-time Gold Glove winner, Helton was a two-time All-American for Tennessee.
“After spending three years at Tennessee and 17 years in the Major Leagues with the Colorado Rockies, I really wanted to give back to this program any way that I can,” Helton said.
In his junior season at Tennessee, Helton led the SEC with 20 home runs and 92 RBIs. He also led the SEC in ERA with a 1.66 mark and an 8-2 record. He also played quarterback for the Tennessee football team.
It’s an honor to have one of Tennessee’s best players coming back to be with our program,” Tennessee baseball coach Dave Serrano said. “Our players and coaching staff will benefit from having Todd Helton’s presence around the ball field.”