Monday, April 13, 2015

Texas Officially Adds Darrin Horn as Assistant Coach

Texas has officially announced that Darrin Horn will be joining Shaka Smart's coaching staff as an assistant coach.

Here is a release from UT:

AUSTIN, Texas — A former head coach at the University of South Carolina and Western Kentucky University, Darrin Horn has been named assistant coach at The University of Texas, Head Coach Shaka Smart announced Thursday. The 42-year-old Horn begins his appointment immediately.

"Darrin has an impressive playing and coaching background," Smart said. "He has extensive experience as a head coach, including taking Western Kentucky to the 'Sweet 16.' I've always been impressed by Darrin's intensity as a coach and teacher of the game."

During his nine seasons as a head coach (2003-12), Horn posted an overall record of 171-111 (.606) and guided his teams to one NCAA Tournament and three Postseason NIT appearances. Every player who completed his eligibility under Horn, both at South Carolina and Western Kentucky, earned his degree. Prior to his hire at Texas, Horn worked for the last three years as a college basketball analyst with ESPN and the SEC Network.

Horn spent four years as head coach at South Carolina (2008-12), recording a 60-63 (.488) overall mark and leading the Gamecocks to one Postseason NIT appearance. In his first season (2008-09), he led South Carolina to a 21-10 mark and a Southeastern Conference Eastern Division Co-Championship with a 10-6 league record. The Gamecocks recorded their first 20-win season and made their first postseason appearance (NIT First Round) since 2005-06.

He developed Devan Downey into an Associated Press honorable mention All-American and All-SEC First Team selection in 2008-09. Horn also was a finalist for the 2009 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year Award. His squad earned its highest GPA on record (3.007) in the spring of 2009.

His second season (2009-10) was highlighted by a home upset of then-No. 1 Kentucky. The win over the Wildcats was South Carolina's first in eight games against a top-ranked opponent in the school's 102 seasons of basketball. Horn also helped Downey become a finalist for the 2010 Bob Cousy Award, honoring the nation's top point guard. During the 2010-11 campaign, senior Sam Muldrow collected just the second triple-double in program history and went on to earn SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Horn served as head coach at Western Kentucky, his alma mater, for five years (2003-08). He guided the Hilltoppers to a 111-48 (.698) overall mark, highlighted by a 29-7 record, Sun Belt Conference regular season and tournament titles, and a trip to the NCAA "Sweet 16" in 2007-08. The 29 wins tied the school record for a single season. The No. 12 seed Hilltoppers posted victories against fifth-seeded Drake and 13th-seeded San Diego in the first two rounds before falling in the regional semifinals to top-seed and eventual semifinalist UCLA.

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