Monday, November 12, 2007

Coach Horner Steps Aside at Northeastern State

Release: 11/12/2007
Courtesy: Northeastern State University
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (Nov. 12) --- John Horner has announced he will step aside as head football coach at Northeastern State University effective immediately. Horner will remain with the university in another capacity, according to Athletic Director Eddie Griffin.

“My decision to move aside as head football coach at Northeastern State University is based on personal reasons,” said Horner. “The time has come to pursue other challenges.

“I am very thankful for the opportunity to serve as head coach at NSU for the past five years. Although we weren’t able to accomplish all the goals set during my tenure, I am extremely proud of many of the things we did accomplish, including this year’s Lone Star Conference North Division co-championship.”

Horner, considered by many as one of the best defensive minds in NSU football history, has been a mainstay at Northeastern State for more than 20 years. He came to Northeastern as an assistant coach in 1987, became defensive coordinator in 1988 and was elevated to head coach in June of 2003.

“Coach Horner’s decision reaffirms his love for Northeastern State University and the football program,” said Griffin . “I respect him as a football coach, instructor and as a person. He leaves the program with a solid foundation for the RiverHawks to be successful in the future.”
A screening committee will be formed and a nationwide search for a new head coach will begin shortly, according to Griffin . “We will begin the process of assessing the candidates for a new coach in the very near future and we will hire the best candidate available,” he said.

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