By: Trey Walker
Late Friday night, Don Horton, a former assistant football coach for NC State and Boston College, passed away. Coach Horton had been battling Parkinson’s disease for almost 10 years.
Horton will be remembered as a man who loved his family and cared for his players. During his coaching tenure, he coached in many bowl games and sent 15 lineman to play on Sunday.
A native of Cincinnati, Don’s love for football developed at a young age. He played offensive line in high school at Indian Hill High, and in college at Wittenberg(Ohio).
After graduating from Wittenberg, Coach Horton’s first gig as a coach came when he was asked to be a Graduate Assistant at Ohio State University. His love for coaching led him to get other opportunities on the coaching staffs of Southern Illinois, New Mexico State, Virginia, and Wittenberg.
In 1997, Tom O’Brien was hired as the head coach for Boston College, replacing Dan Henning. Horton was appointed as the Offensive Line Coach under O’Brien’s new regime. The two stuck together(from BC to NCSU) until Coach Horton took an administrative position in May of 2012. Horton had quite an impressive resume in his time with the O’Brien administration…
Coach Horton by the Numbers:
– 15 NFL lineman coached
– .695% overall winning percentage at NC State and Boston College
– 8 bowl victories
-1 conference title*
Many of his former players have expressed how influential Horton was in their lives: on and off the field:
“In a football world where players are treated as numbers, you treated us as people, and stood out” said former Boston College running back, Ryan Utzler, on Horton.
Horton is survived by his 2 loving daughters, Libby and Hadley, and his wife Maura.
You will be missed Coach Horton!
*This is a Big East title, for Boston College was not annexed into the ACC until the following season