Lance Helton:  Head Football Coach

Jeff Davis HS, GA

Coach Helton is a graduate of Washington County HS where he was a two time 1st Team All-State Player for Coach Rick Tomberlin and the Golden Hawks.  After graduation Coach Helton played football at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana for two years.  While at BSU Coach Helton was a member of the Mac West Co-Champion Cardinal football team, and a participant in the Toronto International Bowl under Coach Brady Hoke. After his redshirt freshman year he transferred and finished his playing career at Valdosta State University playing for Coach Davis Dean.  During his time with the blazers he was a 3 year letter winner, and a member of a Gulf South Conference Championship team.

This was Coach Helton’s 4th year as the Head Football Coach of the Yellow Jackets. Coach Helton and staff broke a 17 year playoff drought the 2017 Yellow Jackets to the State Playoffs in their 1st season at Jeff Davis. In 2020 the Jackets hosted a Playoff Game for the first time since 1997 while exiting in round 2.  Under Coach Helton and Staff the Jeff Davis Yellow Jackets have been playoff team in 3 of his 4 years at the helm, and have a record of (28-14). Before coming to Jeff Davis, Coach Helton served two stints as the Assistant Head Football Coach, Offensive Coordinator, and Strength and Conditioning Coordinator at Dublin High School for Coach Roger Holmes. He coached the Centers and Guards for the Fighting Irish.  Coach also spent one season as the Offensive Line Coach at Coffee High School working for Coach Robbie Pruitt.  Coach Helton received his bachelor’s degree in Health and Phys. Ed. From Valdosta State University.  Coach is married to the former Lauren Haywood of Sandersville, Ga.  They have one daughter Camryn Rose (8), and one son Knox Thomas (6).