Jeff Horner is embarking on his fourth season with the Fighting Hawks and third as an assistant coach. He was elevated to his current role prior to the 2015-16 season after spending his first season with the program as the director of operations.
Horner's efforts helped the Fighting Hawks capture their first Big Sky regular season and tournament titles in 2017, which led to the program's first appearance in the NCAA Division I Tournament. UND has appeared in postseason play in three of his four seasons with the program.
Horner arrived in Grand Forks 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 in Belgium and France as well as with the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League.
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. Horner and his wife, Lindsay, have a daughter; Siena, and a newborn son; Bowen.
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