JEFF HORTON Last Updated 8/15/12
Assistant Head Coach
(Running Backs)
Third Season

  Hiring Release - 01/24/11

Recruiting Areas:
LA County North (Covina, Pasadena, SF Valley, Ventura, Santa Barbara), Nevada, Texas North (Ft. Worth, Dallas, Waco)

Jeff Horton

  • With 24 years of collegiate coaching experience, including seven as a head coach, Jeff Horton begins his second season at San Diego State. Horton is the team's assistant head coach and also works with the Aztec running backs.

  • In 2011, tutored sophomore Ronnie Hillman to Associated Press All-America honors and he was one of 10 semifinalist spots for the Doak Walker Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top collegiate running back. Hillman rushed for a league-record 1,711 yards, which ranked him fourth nationally, as well as 19 touchdowns. This past April, he was selected in the third round of the NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos.

  • As a team, SDSU posted its most rushing yards (2,398) in 16 years and boasted its highest national ranking in rushing offense (30th) since 1999. The Aztecs also scored 28 rushing touchdowns and averaged 4.9 yards per carry, which was the best by an SDSU team in 16 seasons.

  • Came to The Mesa after spending the final five games of 2010 as the interim head coach at Minnesota. With Horton at the helm, the Gophers went 2-3 with victories over a pair of bowl-bound teams in Illinois and Iowa, after beginning the year with a 1-6 mark.

  • As the co-offensive coordinator, the Gophers saw drastic improvements from 2009 in the NCAA rankings in total offense (+34 spots), rushing offense (+26), passing offense (+18), scoring offense (+11), turnovers (+82), time of possession (+82) and penalties (+21).

  • Prior to his time at Minnesota, was the quarterbacks coach for the Detroit Lions in 2009, working with No. 1 overall Draft pick Matthew Stafford. Stafford started 10 games and threw for more than 2,000 yards.

  • Began his stint in the NFL with the St. Louis Rams from 2006-08, where he was the assistant offensive line coach, special assistant to the head coach and an offensive assistant.

  • Was on the sidelines in six bowl games as the quarterbacks coach at the University of Wisconsin from 1999-2005. The Badgers tallied four postseason victories, including a 17-9 win over Stanford in the 2000 Rose Bowl, after claiming the Big Ten championship.

  • Tutored Wisconsin signal-caller Brooks Bollinger to a combined 30-12 record over his four seasons as a starter. Both Bollinger and quarterback Jim Sorgi were selected in the NFL Draft during his stay in Madison.

  • The Arlington, Texas, native was the head coach at UNLV for five years. In 1994, he was named the Big West Coach of the Year after leading the Rebels to the conference title and a berth in the Las Vegas Bowl.

  • Compiled a 7-4 record at Nevada in his first season as a head coach in 1993. The Wolf Pack led the nation in offense that campaign, including 4,373 yards passing.

  • In addition, spent six years as a wide receivers, special teams or running backs coach at Nevada (1985-89, 1992) and two campaigns as an assistant head coach, running backs and wide receivers coach at UNLV (1990-91).

  • Started his collegiate coaching career in 1984 as a graduate assistant at Minnesota under head coach Lou Holtz.

  • Was a walk-on wide receiver at Arkansas from 1976-77.

  • Graduated from Nevada in 1981 with his bachelor's degree and earned his master's from the University of San Francisco in 1993.

  • Horton and his wife, Teri, reside in San Diego.

    Hometown Arlington, Texas
    College Nevada '81 - BA; USF '93 -MA
    Office # 619-594-4129
    Year Team Position
    2011 San Diego State Assistant Head Coach, RB's
    2010 Minnesota Interim Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator, QB's
    2009 Detroit Lions Quarterbacks
    2006-08 St. Louis Rams Off. Line (06) / Special Assist./Off. (07-08)
    1999-05 Wisconsin Quarterbacks
    1994-98 UNLV Head Coach
    1992-93 Nevada WR's (92) / Head Coach (93)
    1990-91 UNLV Assistant Head Coach
    1985-89 Nevada Assistant Coach
    1984 Minnesota Graduate Assistant

    Year School Title Record
    2011 San Diego State Assist. Head Coach/RB's 8-5
    2010 Minnesota Assist. Coach / Interim HC 3-9
    2009 Detroit Lions Quarterbacks 2-14
    2008 St. Louis Rams Special Assist./Offense 2-14
    2007 St. Louis Rams Special Assist./Offense 3-13
    2006 St. Louis Rams Offensive Line 8-8
    2005 Wisconsin Quarterbacks 10-3
    2004 Wisconsin Quarterbacks 9-3
    2003 Wisconsin Quarterbacks 7-6
    2002 Wisconsin Quarterbacks 8-6
    2001 Wisconsin Quarterbacks 5-7
    2000 Wisconsin Quarterbacks 9-4
    1999 Wisconsin Quarterbacks 10-2
    1998 UNLV Head Coach 0-11
    1997 UNLV Head Coach 3-8
    1996 UNLV Head Coach 1-11
    1995 UNLV Head Coach 2-9
    1994 UNLV Head Coach 7-5
    1993 Nevada Head Coach 7-4
    1992 Nevada Wide Receivers 7-5
    1991 UNLV Assistant Head Coach 4-7
    1990 UNLV Assistant Head Coach 4-7
    1989 Nevada Assistant Coach 7-4
    1988 Nevada Assistant Coach 7-4
    1987 Nevada Assistant Coach 5-6
    1986 Nevada Assistant Coach 13-1
    1985 Nevada Assistant Coach 11-2
    1984 Minnesota Graduate Assistant 4-7
    1994 UNLV Big West Coach of the Year (Conference Title, Las Vegas Bowl)
    2001, 2003 Wisconsin Single-season passing records
    Name Pos. (team) Achievements
    Matthew Stafford QB (Detroit Lions) Rookie starter - 2,000 yds and 53.3 completion percentage
    Brooks Bollinger QB (Wisconsin) NFL draft pick; Compiled 30-12 record starting four seasons
    Jim Sorgi QB (Wisconsin) NFL draft pick
    Ronnie Hillman RB (SDSU) NFL draft pick; AP All-American
     San Diego State
     2011  New Orleans Bowl
     2005  Capital Bowl
     2004  Outback Bowl
     2003  Music City Bowl
     2002  Alamo Bowl
     2000  Sun Bowl
     1999  Rose Bowl
     1994  Las Vegas Bowl
     1992  Las Vegas Bowl


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