MCCARNEY WELCOMES JEFF HORTON TO IOWA STATE

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.

During 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.

"I 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."

 At Wisconsin, 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.

"I 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 experienced."

The 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 Nevada from 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.


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