With 34 years of collegiate coaching experience, including seven as a head coach, Jeff Horton begins his seventh season at San Diego State. n Prior to the 2015 season, Horton was promoted to associate head coach and offensive coordinator. He is entering his seventh season overseeing the running backs.
In his previous four seasons on The Mesa, he served as assistant head coach and running backs coach.
Since 2011, when Horton was named SDSU’s running backs coach, San Diego State ranks 15th in rushing yards per game (214.9), 17th nationally in average yards per carry (5.1) and 18th in rushing touchdowns (180).
In his seven years with San Diego State, Horton has coached each of his starting running backs to All-Mountain West honors, including current Denver Bronco Ronnie Hillman in 2011, Adam Muema in 2012 and 2013, and Donnel Pumphrey from 2014-16.
In 2016, SDSU became the first team in NCAA FBS history to produce a 2,000-yard rusher (Pumphrey) and a 1,000-yard rusher (Rashaad Penny) in the same season.
Horton guided Pumphrey to one of the best rushing careers in FBS history. A Heisman candidate and three-time All-American, Pumphrey finished his career as the NCAA FBS career record holder in rushing yards (6,405) and was fifth in all-purpose yards (7,515), tied for eighth in overall touchdowns (67) and ninth in rushing touchdowns (62). He was selected as the 132nd pick in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles.
The 2015 Aztecs made history, yielding the most rushing yards in school history (3,266) and producing two 1,000-yard rushers for the first time in program history. The team also had 10 straight games with at least 200 yards rushing to close the season.
Under his guidance, SDSU ran for 2,000 yards as a team and produced a 1,000-yard rusher for the sixth year in a row in 2015.
In 2014, San Diego State set a school record for yards per carry, averaging 5.4 yards per rush. That figure ranked 13th nationally.
Helped Ronnie Hillman receive All-America recognition from the Associated Press in 2011 after the Aztec running back rushed for a conference-record 1,711 yards, which ranked fourth nationally, and added 19 touchdowns. Hillman, who was one of 10 semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award that season, was selected in the third round of the NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos in April 2012.
Came to The Mesa after spending the final five games of the 2010 campaign 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, he 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 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, he 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 San Francisco in 1993.