Horton To Complete Malzahn's Coaching Staff

Gus Malzahn has wrapped up hiring his on-the-field coaching staff with the addition of Arkansas assistant coach Tim Horton.

Auburn, Ala.--Gus Malzahn completed his on-the-field staff on Friday by hiring Arkansas assistant coach Tim Horton to work with tight ends and H-backs for the Tigers.

Horton, who has been the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator for the Razorbacks since 2008, is the third assistant coach Malzahn has hired in the past two days and ninth overall for Auburn staff.

On Thursday night the Tigers hired Dameyune Craig from Florida State to coach wide receivers and be co-offensive coordinator. On Thursday afternoon the Tigers hired Rich Bisaccia, who coached special teams for the San Diego Chargers. He will do the same thing at Auburn and will also coach running backs. Bisaccia was named assistant head coach.

"Tim is a true professional and an outstanding coach and recruiter, who deserves a lot of credit for Arkansas' success while he was there," Malzahn said. "Tim is a man of character who will be a great compliment to our staff and a tremendous representative of the entire Auburn family."

Auburn's newest coach said, "It is an honor and privilege to work at Auburn University with Coach Malzahn and the tremendous group of people and coaches that he's assembled," Horton said. "My family and I are thrilled to be joining the Auburn family."

Tim Horton is shown in action coaching for the Razorbacks.

A former player at Arkansas, the 45-year-old has coached at Appalachian State, Air Force and Kansas State. On his latest coaching assignment in Fayetteville, Horton coached four different 1,000-yard rushers.

Before returning to Arkansas, where Horton played from 1986-89, he was at Air Force for spring 2007, at Kansas State for the 2006 season and at Air Force for the seven previous years.

He came to Arkansas after taking the offensive coordinator and wide receivers coaching position at Air Force in January 2007. During the 2006 season he was the running backs coach at Kansas State, helping the Wildcats earn a Texas Bowl appearance. At Kansas State he coached two future NFL running backs in Thomas Clayton and James Johnson.

Prior to his one season at Kansas State he was at Air Force from 1999-2005, serving as the wide receivers coach from 1999-2004 and the running backs coach in 2005. Horton was recognized by the Colorado Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes as one of its coaches of the year in 2004.

He began his college coaching career at Appalachian State in 1990 and helped guide the Mountaineers to a 67-32 record during his eight years, including Southern Conference championships in 1991 and 1995 and five appearances in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs. The 1995 Mountaineers were the first Division I team to go undefeated in North Carolina college football history.

From 1990-92 Horton coached Appalachian State's receivers and tight ends before taking over as the Mountaineers' running backs coach in 1993. He also served as the program's recruiting coordinator.

Horton received his bachelor's degree in marketing management from Arkansas in 1990. He was a four-year letterman and three-year starter as a split end and punt returner under head coach Ken Hatfield. He caught 49 passes for 942 yards and one touchdown in his career. He also returned 78 punts for 657 yards, which is fifth all-time in school history.

Horton's four years at Arkansas proved to be among the most successful in school history as the Razorbacks posted a 38-11 record, won back-to-back Southwest Conference titles in 1988 and 1989 and appeared in four straight bowl games. Horton's graduating class remains tied for the school record for the most wins in a four-year period.

A two-time academic all-conference selection, Horton was a second-team All-Southwest Conference team member in 1989 and served as team captain that season. In high school Horton was a two-time all-state running back and a track standout at Conway, Ark., High School.

Horton and his wife Lauren have one daughter, Caroline, and one son, Jackson.


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