Former Mason City and Iowa men’s basketball star Jeff Horner moved up the coaching ladder this week, landing has his first college head coaching job.
Horner, an assistant at North Dakota, was named the head coach at Truman State, a Division II school in Kirksville, Missouri.
“It has always been my dream to be a head coach at the collegiate level and Truman State has taken that chance on me,” Horner said in a release.
Horner was named Iowa Mr. Basketball as a Mason City senior in 2002. He played at Iowa after that and was a third-team all-Big Ten selection twice. Horner holds team records for assists and 3-pointers.
As a senior at Mason City in 2002, Horner was named Iowa Mr. Basketball.
He was head coach at West Des Moines Valley from 2011-14.
Horner told the Globe Gazette in 2016 that his goal was to lead a Division I program, and he was realistic about that timeline.
“It’s going to take time, and in this profession you have to have some luck and things have to go your way,” Horner said. “You have to have a lot of success, and with one bad step you could be out of the profession. It’s cliché, but you work hard and good things will happen.”
Horner also played professionally in Belgium and France and had a stint with the Iowa Energy of the NBA Developmental League before turning to coaching.
Truman State advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament and finished with a 20-11 record.