Rebecca Helt enters her eighth season as head coach of the women's tennis team, and her third at the helm of the men's program. In seven seasons as coach of the Bison women's squad, Helt has notched a 76-64 record, including last season's 16-4 campaign. Last season's 16-win season was only the fourth in Bucknell history, the third in Helt's tenure. At the helm of the men's squad for the past two seasons, she has recorded a 16-32 mark.
During her Bucknell career, Helt has coached two All-Patriot League singles players, in first team selection Nada Curcic in `04 and second-teamer and Co-Rookie of the Year Veronica Brown in `03, as well as one all-league doubles team in Kerry Callaghan and Kristin Inglis. Callaghan was also an ITA Scholar-Athlete in 2000, and Brown became Bucknell's first Patriot League Rookie of the Year two seasons ago. Helt also coached Brown to the Patriot League second-flight individual singles championship, the highest flight in which Bucknell has ever had a singles champ. Brown was also Helt's first singles flight winner.
A 1990 graduate of Lock Haven University, Helt earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism while competing for the Lock Haven tennis team. Following her college graduation, Helt earned a teaching certification from the United States Professional Tennis Registry and began teaching part time while working for STEP, Inc., in its wilderness-based team building program.
In 1994, Coach Helt was hired as the assistant pro at West Branch Racquet Club in Williamsport, Pa. She continued her duties at West Branch while coaching the girls' tennis team at Williamsport High School.
Two years later, Helt was hired at the Doylestown Racquet Club in Doylestown, Pa. Helt took over the women's coaching reins at Bucknell in 1997, and in 2002 she was named the Bison men's coach as well.
Helt is also involved in tennis on the national level as an NCAA chair for women's tennis.
Helt continues her involvement in the game outside of Bucknell's program. Recently, the Bucknell tennis programs received a generous grant from USTA to promote tennis in the local community. Helt also volunteers during the summer as a Special Olympics sport advisor, and is a current Pennsylvania racquetball mixed doubles champion. She still competes in USTA tournaments, as well.
Helt lives in Lewisburg with her son, Ian.