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Malzahn Chooses Last Piece of Coaching Staff Puzzle

By on January 4th, 2013 in Football, News 9 Comments »

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As promised, Gus Malzahn has completed his coaching staff by his self imposed deadline with the hiring of  yet another top recruiter and outstanding coach. Tim Horton, former Arkansas Recruiting Coordinator and running backs coach was named by Malzahn today as the tight ends coach at Auburn

Horton was recognized by Rivals.com and ESPN.com as one of the nation’s top recruiters at Arkansas and was one of just two coaches in the nation, to coach four different 1,000-yard rushers from 2007-10.

The All-Conference Split End for Arkansas returned to coach at his alma mater in 2007. During his six years in Fayetteville, he coached two All-SEC backs (Dennis Johnson and Knile Davis)  and two All-Americans (Darren McFadden and Felix Jones).

Horton’s first class as Arkansas’ recruiting coordinator (2008) was highlighted by wide receivers Joe Adams, Jarius Wright and Greg Childs, all of whom were chosen in the 2012 NFL Draft. With their selections, Arkansas tied an NFL draft record with three receivers picked in the same draft.

Coach Horton  was part of a Razorback offense that was near the top of the SEC almost every year. The  2011 Hogs led the SEC in total offense and had the best scoring offense (37 ppg) the same year.

In his 23 year coaching career, he has coached at Appalachian State, Kansas State,  Air Force, and Arkansas. He coached wide receivers and tight ends at Appalachian state and the Mountaineers became the first Division I  North Carolina school to go undefeated during his tenure. Prior to coming to Arkansas, Horton was the Offensive Coordinator and Wide Receiver’s Coach at Air Force from 1999-2005.

Horton said he is thrilled to be joining the Auburn family, and added, “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,”

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

This has to be one of the best staffs ever assembled by a head coach on The Plains. If this group can gel together, I  believe it’s a safe bet that Malzahn and crew will have  the Tigers back sooner than anyone expected.

It was evident to everyone at the end of the 2012 season that a change in culture had to be made. By taking the difficult but necessary house cleaning step when he took over and by putting together a staff of experienced coaches who are experts both at recruiting and developing players, Malzahn has already shown that he means to do just that.

While it is naive to expect immediate success over night … for the first time in months, Auburn people have to be filled with hope.

War Eagle!

9 Comments

  1. audude audude says:

    Dollars to donuts Tim Horton is a great hire!

  2. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    Malzahn is already “attacking”

    I don’t ” expect immediate success over night” BUT I can’t help be excited about this staff. He took some of the best recruiters away from the competition, I think four former recruiting coordinators. AND the guys can coach too!

    War Damn Eagle!

  3. wpleagle wpleagle says:

    As I reflect on this new coach and his staff, one of the thing that pleases me is that several of the assistants are men who will not be under a lot of pressure to become head coaches themselves. As I think back to the Shug days, so many of the men who were superb coaches themselves – Gene Lorendo, Hall Herring, Shot Senn, Paul Davis, and others who do not come immediately to mind – were not constantly being under pressure to move on. I think this adds a great measure of stability to a coaching staff, and I think the fact that quite of few of these assistants are 50 or older and proven coaches in their areas is a tremendous strength.

    Do not misunderstand what I have to say here. There are several guys who definitely have head coach potential on the current AU staff. However, I think the potential stability of this staff is one of the things that is definitely needed. Rhett Lashlee is definitely a future head coach, IMHO, but his relative youth means that it will be at least 5 years or so before he becomes a serious head coaching contender. There may be others, just as there are some who are most likely permanent assistants. I think it’s a great mix that Coach Gus has achieved, and I hope that we will not see an disappointments such as Coach Ted Roof turned out to be (for whatever reason, including a possible class of philosophy with his head coach).

    As noted by many other commenters on this site, they’ve got to coach ‘em after they recruit ‘em. Let’s hope for a tightly knit committed staff coaching a disciplined, enthusiastic and talented group of players.

  4. wpleagle wpleagle says:

    Oops, meant to say clash of philosophy! Seems like Coach Roof did pretty well at PSU this year.
    Thanks, AubTigerman.

  5. brooksforehand brooksforehand says:

    Excellent staff! Building an elite program starts with an elite foundation, we now have the ground floor built, bring on the new recruits and shape the existing team back into what brought us success when Malzahn was first hired as our OC and we will be back at the top! Congratulations Gus! Great job! War Damn Eagle!!!

  6. sparkey sparkey says:

    I’m excited about this staff. I can’t wait to see how this staff develops players along with how well it recruits. We’re going to see quite soon if it’s all hype or something positive and tangible there. I personally believe we will do very well very soon. That said, I never saw 3-9 coming like what happened last year so anything can happen.

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