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Head coach Brian Jones announced on Friday that Steve Grabowski has been elevated to an assistant coaching role and Jeff Horner will be the program's new director of basketball operations.
Grabowski promoted, Horner takes over operations role
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Updated: Monday 06/20/2014 10:51:31 (ET)
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. – University of North Dakota men’s basketball head coach Brian Jones announced on Friday that he has elevated Steve Grabowski to an assistant coaching role and hired Jeff Horner to fill Grabowski’s previous role as the program’s director of basketball operations.

“I am extremely excited with the promotion of Steve and the addition of Jeff to our basketball family,” Jones said. “Steve has done an unbelievable job the past two seasons as our director of operations and is certainly deserving of this promotion. He is a tireless worker who brings a great deal of experience from a recruiting standpoint, but more importantly is a very good teacher and mentor for our players.

Jeff is someone I coached and have known for many years. His basketball playing and coaching pedigree speaks for itself. He has a very bright future in this profession, is a proven winner and will bring a lot of value to our staff on many fronts.”

Grabowski served in the DOBO role during UND’s first two seasons in the Big Sky Conference after spending seven seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater Minot State. UND continued its postseason run during Grabowski’s first two seasons in Grand Forks, earning at-large bids to the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament in both 2013 and 2014.

“First off, I am extremely appreciative of Coach Jones for believing in and giving me the opportunity to move up on his staff,” Grabowski said. “This is a great opportunity and I am excited to get back on the floor coaching and on the road recruiting. We have a great group of student-athletes, coaches, and administrators and I look forward to representing the University of North Dakota in a positive way.”

Grabowski will return to on-court instruction after providing administrative support, including team travel and summer camp coordination.

Horner will take on those responsibilities and arrives at UND after spending four seasons as the head coach at Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa. The Mason City, Iowa native compiled a 70-27 and led the Tigers to a pair of state tournament appearances, including a runner-up finish in 2014. Prior to his transition to the coaching ranks, the former Iowa Hawkeye standout played professionally both overseas and in the United States.

“I have known Coach Jones for a long time and I am very appreciative of the opportunity he has given me to be the Director of Basketball Operations at the University of North Dakota,” Horner said. “I am excited to be a part of this staff and learn from the guys around me. Coach Jones has built a strong program here and I look forward to working with him to accomplish our ultimate goal of making the NCAA Tournament.”

Horner was a four-year starter for the Hawkeyes and capped his career by being named the Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player in 2006 when Iowa defeated Ohio State in the title game. He ended his run in Iowa City as the program’s all-time leader in assists (612) and 3-pointers made (262). Horner’s 1,506 career points are just outside the program’s Top 10 list.

He prepped at Mason City High School for his father, Bob, and was named Iowa’s Mr. Basketball in 2006.

— Go UND —

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