Jeff Horton, the quarterbacks coach in a Wisconsin football program that appeared in six bowl games during his Badger tenure and who led UNLV to the 1994 Big West Conference championship as head coach, is joining the Iowa State football coaching staff as tight ends coach and special teams coordinator, ISU head coach Dan McCarney announced Saturday. Horton replaces Terry Allen, who resigned to become head coach at Missouri State.
Horton's seven-year stint at Wisconsin, the Badgers captured the 1999 Big
Ten championship and won the 2000 Rose Bowl. Post season-bowl appearances
in the Sun Bowl (2000), Alamo Bowl (2002), Music City Bowl (2003), Outback Bowl
(2005) and the 2006 Capital One Bowl Jan. 2 in Orlando, Fla.
feel great about this because Jeff comes from a very strong program, where he
made major contributions to the success of Wisconsin football," McCarney said. Barry Alvarez
had nothing but great things to say about Jeff and he will be able to hit the
ground running at Iowa State. He knows all about big-time college
football and has also been a championship head coach. That kind of
experience is not easy to find."
Horton coached quarterback Brooks Bollinger, the winningest signal caller in
Badger history (1999-2002). Bollinger had a 30-12 record as a starter and
is the UW record-holder for rushing yards by a quarterback. He ranked
second in school history in passing yards, attempts, completions and
touchdowns. Bollinger was a sixth-round draft pick of the New York Jets in
the 2003 NFL draft and became a starter in his third season. Horton's
quarterbacks at Wisconsin have also included Jim Sorgi, who
now plays for the Indianapolis Colts of the NFL and current Badger starter John Stocco. Stocco threw for school records in passing yardage and TD passes in 2005
and will be back for his senior season this fall.
was not going to go just anywhere," Horton said. "I knew Dan and was aware of
the great success he has had at Iowa State. The stability of the program also
appealed to me. Dan is the dean of the Big 12 football coaches and has
done a great job retaining his coaching staff despite all the success ISU has
2005 Badgers set school records for points scored. Horton's quarterbacks
hold the first, second and fourth-best career passing totals in school history.
As head coach at UNLV (1994-98), he was the Big West Coach of the Year after his
Rebels claimed the 1994 conference title and then scored a victory in the Las
Vegas Bowl. The Reno, Nev. native earned a bachelor's degree from Nevada in 1981 and a master's degree in Educational
Administration in 1993 from the University of San
Francisco. Horton was an assistant coach at
1985-89, including Wolfpack teams that won Big Sky Conference titles in 1985 and
1986. Horton was the wide receivers coach at UNLV for the 1990 and 1991
seasons. He worked as wide receivers coach at Nevada in 1992 before
taking over as head coach there for the 1993 season. Horton's Wolfpack
team included the nation's number-one ranked offense that season.