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December 24, 1972 |
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Western Kentucky (asst.)
Morehead State (asst.)
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
Sun Belt Regular Season Championship (2006)
Sun Belt Tournament Championship (2008)
Darrin Horn (born December 24, 1972) is a former American college basketball head coach, having served as the head coach for the Division I (NCAA) programs at Western Kentucky University and, most recently, at the University of South Carolina.
In college, Horn played for Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers in Bowling Green, Kentucky from 1991 to 1995. He was a crowd favorite, hitting a game-winning three-pointer to defeat the University of Louisville on February 16, 1993, in Freedom Hall. While Horn played at WKU, the team made it to the NCAA Tournament three times, defeating Memphis State (led by Anfernee Hardaway) and Seton Hall in 1993 before losing to Florida State University; losing to the University of Texas in the first round in 1994; and defeating the University of Michigan before losing to the University of Kansas (led by Greg Ostertag) in 1995. Horn played for Ralph Willard and Matt Kilcullen while at WKU.
Horn served as an assistant coach from 1995–1997 at WKU for then-coach Matt Kilcullen before departing for Morehead State University to serve under Kyle Macy for two seasons before departing for Marquette.
He was an assistant coach at Marquette University under Tom Crean. That Marquette team was led by future NBA players Dwyane Wade and Travis Diener. Crean and Horn first crossed paths when Horn played at WKU and Crean was an assistant for the Hilltoppers under head coach Ralph Willard.
After his tenure at Marquette, Horn was hired as the head coach at Western Kentucky University to replace Dennis Felton, who left for the University of Georgia after three trips to the NCAA Tournament. Prior to his hiring, Travis Diener recommended Horn to the then-WKU athletic director Wood Selig.
Horn compiled a record of 111–48 in five seasons at his alma mater, WKU. He led the Hilltoppers to the Sweet 16, the third round of the 2008 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, a tournament run that included one of the most celebrated buzzer beaters in college basketball history, a three-pointer by Ty Rogers against Drake in overtime. Their run ended with a 10-point loss to top-seeded UCLA.
Horn's teams are known for their up-tempo style of play, full-court trapping defense and conditioning. While at WKU, Horn's teams averaged 47% field goal accuracy and averaged approximately 77 points per game.
Former players in the NBA
Darrin Horn Coaching Tree
- Andy Allison, current UMass director of basketball operations
- Neill Berry, current High Point assistant coach
- Scott Cherry, High Point University Head Coach
- Archie Miller, Dayton head coach
- William Small, current Murray State assistant coach
Head coaching record
|Western Kentucky (Sun Belt Conference) (2003–2008)|
|2004–05||Western Kentucky||22–9||9–5||2nd (East)||NIT 2nd Round|
|2005–06||Western Kentucky||23–8||12–2||1st (East)||NIT 1st Round|
|2006–07||Western Kentucky||22–11||12–6||2nd (East)|
|2007–08||Western Kentucky||29–7||16–2||T–1st (East)||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|Western Kentucky:||111–48 (.698)||57–21 (.731)|
|South Carolina Gamecocks (Southeastern Conference) (2008–2012)|
|2008–09||South Carolina||21–10||10–6||2nd (East)||NIT 1st Round|
|2009–10||South Carolina||15–16||6–10||5th (East)|
|2010–11||South Carolina||14–16||5–11||6th (East)|
|2011–12||South Carolina||10–21||2–14||12th (Overall)|
|South Carolina:||60–63 (.488)||23–41 (.359)|
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- "Darrin Horn fired by South Carolina". WRDW-TV Augusta. Retrieved March 13, 2012.
- Darrin Horn. sports-reference.com