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Jeff Horner named head men’s basketball coach at Truman State University


This news story was published on April 25, 2018.
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Jeff Horner
(trumanbulldogs.com)

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – Truman State University director of athletics, Jerry Wollmering, has announced the hiring of Jeff Horner as the next Head Coach of the Bulldog Men’s Basketball program. The former standout point guard at the University of Iowa (2002-06) comes to Kirksville after a successful four-year run at Division I University of North Dakota of the Big Sky Conference. There, Horner served as the director of operations for one season (2014-15) before three as an assistant coach (2015-18).

“We are excited to have Jeff take over the reins of our men’s basketball program,” said Wollmering. “He has had a ton of success as a player, coach and recruiter that will help continue the tradition that Coach Matt Woodley and Coach Chris Foster have set in place over the past seven seasons.”

Horner graduated from the University of Iowa in 2006 with a degree in communication studies after starting all four years as a member of the Hawkeyes. He capped those four seasons by being named the Big Ten Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player as a senior when Iowa defeated Ohio State in the title game. Horner was also a two-time Third-Team All-Big Ten honoree, a two-time team MVP and two-year team captain. To this day, he is still the school’s all-time leader in assists (612) and three-pointers made (262) while his 1,506 career points are just outside the program’s top 10 list.

Horner then made four stops in the professional ranks including Bree, Belgium (2006-07), Paris France (fall 2007), the Iowa Energy of the NBA G League (2007-08), and Antibes, France (2008-09). That would mark the end of his playing career and beginning of his coaching experience.

His first stop was in Des Moines, Iowa at Grand View University of the NAIA for a one-year stint as an assistant coach in 2009-10. The Vikings went 25-9, won the Midwest Collegiate Conference regular season title and postseason tournament, and made an appearance in the Division II NAIA National Tournament.

Horner then went 15 minutes down the road and took over as the head varsity boys coach at West Des Moines Valley High School for three seasons (2011-14). The Mason City, Iowa native racked up a 70-27 record in those three years, led the Tigers to a pair of state tournament appearances, including a runner-up finish in 2014, and was twice named the CIML Head Coach of the Year.

Most recently, Horner has spent four years in Grand Forks, North Dakota for the Fighting Hawks of UND. In 2016-17, his third season with the program and second as an assistant coach, the Fighting Hawks made the NCAA Tournament, won the Big Sky Conference Tournament and were Big Sky Conference regular season champions, all of which had never happened in program history.

“I am extremely excited to become a part of the Truman State University family,” said Horner. “It has always been my dream to be a head coach at the collegiate level and Truman State has taken that chance on me. I want to thank athletic director, Jerry Wollmering, and president, Dr. Sue Thomas, for giving me the opportunity to lead the Bulldog men’s basketball program.”

Horner played his high school basketball at Mason City High School for his father, Bob, where he was named Mr. Basketball for the state of Iowa in 2002 and earned a spot in the Iowa High School Hall of Fame in 2014.

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18 Responses to Jeff Horner named head men’s basketball coach at Truman State University

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 6, 2018 at 9:31 am

    Spoiled coaches son.

  2. bodacious Reply Report comment

    April 26, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    Yes, he did. He can dish it but…….

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 26, 2018 at 2:27 am

    Truman state, whats that a 2nd rate school, never heard of it

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 26, 2018 at 6:42 am

      Barry Alvarez took several jobs working his way up to a celebrated D1 coach at Wisconsin. One being Mason City High School and then University of Iowa. Great coaches move up the ranks by working hard, showing results and moving forward. Congrats Jeff.

    • Figure it out Reply Report comment

      April 26, 2018 at 12:28 pm

      Based on your punctuation and capitalization skills I’m not surprised.

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 26, 2018 at 12:35 am

    2 words—– WHO CARES

  5. Allen Reply Report comment

    April 25, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    Isn’t that nice, home town boys dream comes true. The article even mentions he played ball for Mason City High School, the town that he’s ashamed to call home. I wonder what Mason City did to him, for him to feel that way.

    • bodacious Reply Report comment

      April 25, 2018 at 2:01 pm

      Stir it up Allen. Don’t give him any credit for achieving something he has been dreaming of doing all his life. His statement was in reference to the school board trying to get rid of the AD’s job at the high school and threatening to fire a bunch of coaches. He never said he was ashamed of Mason City. That is more fake news from you.

      • Allen Reply Report comment

        April 25, 2018 at 4:12 pm

        Try not getting your panties in a bunch there CT. I miss quoted what he said. It was graduating from MCHS that he is ashamed of.

      • Allen Reply Report comment

        April 25, 2018 at 4:19 pm

        Pull your bunched up panties out of your ass there CT, I did give him credit, ( home town boys dream comes true). I just miss quoted what he said. It was graduating from MCHS that he is ashamed of. There’s nothing fake about that!

        • bodacious Reply Report comment

          April 25, 2018 at 4:48 pm

          CT? As far as your compliment goes, bull. It wasn’t meant that way, at least from the tone of your post.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          April 26, 2018 at 7:06 am

          There you have it folks, the keyboard tough guy is calling people names again. It is the only time the sissy can be tough. What a waste of time and space.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          April 27, 2018 at 2:05 pm

          @Allen,
          I have not always agreed with you views but I have alway respected them, that is until lately, you have become the new L..V..S.. of NIT.
          Your comments have become nothing but right wing propaganda with no facts or common sense.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        April 27, 2018 at 11:46 am

        Can you write anything you don’t put the Bodacious liberal spin on? Did you teach Jeffy? I don’t think he was the brightest bulb in the package. Was he?

        • bodacious Reply Report comment

          April 27, 2018 at 12:23 pm

          No, I didn’t teach him but he is a lot smarter than you. He is making something of his life. What have you done?

          • Rick O'Shea

            April 27, 2018 at 6:59 pm

            Wow there isn’t anything you don’t know everything about is there. Some teacher you are/were. No wonder some kids are the way they are.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        April 27, 2018 at 9:28 pm

        As I remember it, it wasn’t the school board “…trying to get rid of the AD’s job at the high school and threatening to fire a bunch of coaches”. It was Anita Micich “…trying to get rid of the AD’s job at the high school and threatening to fire a bunch of coaches”. It was the school board that didn’t back her up that prevented this from happening. And Jeffy was upset that his daddy didn’t get the boys basketball jab at MCHS. That’s why he made his comment.