Coaching Staff

Head Coach Ed Helscher
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Ed Helscher is Professor in the School of Physical Education , Health and Athletics and the college Student Learning Outcomes Coordinator. Coach Helscher is a native San Diegan and attended University of San Diego High School and the University of San Diego . Coach Helscher received his B. A. degree 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

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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

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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

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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 Rancho Bernardo area of San Diego.

 Assistant Coach - Kenny Hill

Kenny Hill returns to Mesa for his third stint as an assistant here at Mesa. After a coaching position as the University of California, San Diego coach Hill joined the staff of Jay Mulvehal. His next stint at Mesa was on Coach Helscher's staff where he served as recruiting coordinator. Coach Hill then move to the professional ranks where his 1998 team in Beijing China  champion of the Chinese National Basketball Association. On his return to the United States coach Hill worked as an assistant with the San Diego Wildcats and briefly as a high school coach before joining the Olympians for a third time. Coach Hill played for the University of California at San Diego. He resides in the Linda Vista area of San Diego.


Assistant Coach - James Silva

James Silva returns for his fourth season as the assistant coach responsible for conditioning and film breakdown. This is his first coaching position after serving in the United States Marine Corps. Currently coach Silva is working on his B.A. degree in Kinesiology.