"We are extremely excited to have Dave Van Horn as our new baseball coach," Broyles said. "He has already proven to be one of the nation's best coaches as evidenced by his record and impressive list of accomplishments. As a former Razorback, he embodies everything we are looking for in a coach to carry on the rich tradition of Arkansas baseball."
Van Horn becomes the 11th head coach of the Razorback baseball program since 1908 and replaces Norm DeBriyn who stepped down on June 10, after 33 years as head coach at Arkansas.
Van Horn inherits a team that is coming off 35-28 season and advanced to the NCAA Super Regional. The Razorbacks were within one game of advancing to the program's fifth NCAA College World Series before losing the final two games of the regional to the Clemson Tigers. The Razorbacks will return 20 letterwinners from the 2002 squad including five freshmen.
A two-time ABCA Midwest Region Coach of the Year, Van Horn served as a graduate assistant coach with the Razorbacks from 1985-88. Arkansas amassed a 184-71-1 record in that four-year span and advanced to the NCAA College World Series in 1985 and 1987.
Van Horn also enjoyed a successful playing career with the Razorbacks. While at Arkansas, he was an All-Southwest Conference infielder in 1982, earning team most valuable player honors and SWC Newcomer-of-the-Year honors in his only season in a Razorback uniform. Following his junior season, he was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 10th round of the 1982 draft, and spent the next three seasons in the Braves organization.
Van Horn and his wife Karen have two daughters, Hollan (8) and Mariel (4).