Head Coach Ed Helscher
Ed Helscher is Professor in the School of Physical Education , Health and Athletics. Coach Helscher is a native San Diegan and attended University of San Diego High School and the University of San Diego . Coach Helscher received a B. A. degree in Social Science from USD, where he played basketball from 1973-1976 and M. S. S. (Master of Sports Science) degree with an emphasis in basketball theory from the United States Sports Academy in Mobile, Alabama. His coaching career started as an assistant coach at the University of San Diego . After one year at USD, he moved to Chicago and coached at St. Phillip Neri and St. Francis de Sales. Coach Helscher and family returned to San Diego in 1979 and he spent times coaching at Francis Parker School , Madison High School , University of California at San Diego , Grossmont Community College as well as Mesa Community College .
Coach Helscher's high school record is 127 wins and 49 losses with CIF section titles in 1979 & 1983. In addition to coaching basketball, coach Helscher has been an assistant coach in football, baseball, and track & field. He also been a head coach in high school softball, cross-country, and sailing. His softball and cross-country teams have both won league titles.
During his early coaching career he was active as a guest speaker and clinician at several different basketball camps including camps at USD, San Diego State , and Cal Lutheran College. He also has owned his own camp, "Pride and Poise Camps," here in San Diego and on Catalina Island .
Coach Helscher has been active in several community organizations including the Red Cross and the San Diego Clean Beach Campaign.
Coach Helscher enjoys the beach, sailing, golf and bicycling during his free time. He is married to Elizabeth Hawrylo and has two daughters Kate and Alexis. Coach Helscher resides in the Clairemont area of San Diego
Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator Jim Thompson
A native San Diegan, Jim Thompson has been a part of the Mesa coaching staff since 1993. Prior to coming to Mesa, Coach "T" was the Head Boy's Basketball Coach at Madison High School in San Diego from 1985-1991. His 1988 squad ranked #2 in the state and won the San Diego CIF Division II Championship after compiling a 28-3 record. In '89 he was named Coach-of-the-Year by the Los Angeles Times. Coach T. received his Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree from San Diego State University in 1978 and 1984, respectively. Coach T is one of three former Olympians now on Coach Helscher's staff.
In an effort to encourage student athletes to develop the complete game, Coach T founded 3PointPlay , which targets first rate performance in Academics, Attitude, and Athletics.
Coach T currently resides in the Tierrasanta area of San Diego.
Assistant Coach - Bryan Daniels
Coach Daniels is a graduate of Kearny High School where he was named an All League player. Here at Mesa, Bryan holds the all time single game scoring record with 42 points scored in a single game. Bryan went 18 for 19 in field goals that game for a single game record as well. Bryan was also named twice to the Pacific Coast All Conference Team. Coach Daniels went on to play for Holy Names in Oakland, CA. Coach Daniels has a B. A. degree in Business and a Masters of Sports Science degree from the United States Sports Academy.
Bryan is married to Arika and they have one daughter, Ashlan. Coach Daniels and family reside in the College area of San Diego.
Assistant Coach - Travis Nichols
Travis Nichols is a native San Diegan and graduate of San Diego High School where he was an All League and All CIF player his sophomore thru senior year. While at MESA Travis was named twice to the Pacific Coast All Conference Team and is one of 20 players on the 30 plus scoring club. Travis continued to excel at basketball while attending the College of Notre Dame. He was his team MVP and an All Conference player in the NCAC.
Travis has a B.A. in Communication and a dual M.S.S. in Sports Coaching and Sports Management. He resides in the North Park area of San Diego.
Assistant Coach/Video Coordinator - J.D. Lugo
Coach Lugo is a graduate of San Diego City College with an A.A. in Business Administration and currently is enrolled here at San Diego Mesa College. His ultimate goal is to earn a B.A. degree in Sports Nutrition. Other interests include reading, hiking, fishing, and spending time with his children. Coach Lugo is responsible for video analysis, scouting and working with the guards at practice.
J.D. resides with his children, Daniel and Desiree, in the Kearny Mesa area.