With 28 years of collegiate coaching experience, including seven
as a head coach, Jeff Horton begins his fifth season at San Diego
This past offseason, Horton was promoted to associate head
coach and offensive coordinator, he is entering his fifth 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 20th nationally in average yards per
carry (4.9), 21st in rushing yards per game (197.0) and tied for 24th
in rushing touchdowns (114).
Under his guidance, SDSU ran for 2,000 yards as a team and
produced a 1,000-yard rusher for the fifth year in a row in 2014.
In his four 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 this past season.
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
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.