George Horton (baseball)
|Born||October 5, 1953|
|Alma mater||Cal State Fullerton|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1976–1977||Cerritos College (Asst.)|
|1978–1980||LA Valley College (Asst.)|
|1980–1985||Cerritos College (Asst.)|
|1990–1996||Cal State Fullerton (Asst.)|
|1997–2007||Cal State Fullerton|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|2004 College World Series|
Horton was born and raised in Downey, California and graduated from Downey High School in 1971. He played on the Cerritos College baseball team in 1972 and 1973 under coach Wally Kincaid. Horton then played two seasons under head coach Augie Garrido at Cal State Fullerton in 1975 and 1976. He was on the Fullerton team that made the school's first appearance in the College World Series in 1975.
Horton began his coaching career the same place he began his collegiate playing career, Cerritos College. He coached there for two seasons before moving onto Los Angeles Valley College. From there he went back to Cerritos College as an assistant before eventually becoming the head coach. He was later hired by his former coach, Augie Garrido, to be an assistant at Cal State Fullerton. When Garrido left in 1996, Horton was hired to replace him.
In 2003, Horton was named 2003 National Coach of the Year by Baseball America.
In 2004, Horton would face off against his old boss in the 2004 College World Series championship series. The Fullerton Titans won the series and the national championship.
In September 2007, Horton was named the head coach of the University of Oregon, which reinstated its baseball program starting in the 2009 season after being a club sport since 1982. In his first season at the helm of the Ducks the team was 14–42.
In 2010, Horton led the Ducks to the NCAA Division I baseball Tournament for the first time since 1964. The 2010 Ducks baseball team finished the season with a 40–24 overall record. On May 28, 2019, Horton and Oregon mutually agreed to part ways.
Head coaching record
|Cal State Fullerton Titans (Big West Conference) (1997–2007)|
|1997||Cal State Fullerton||39–24–1||21–9||2nd (Southern)||NCAA Regional|
|1998||Cal State Fullerton||47–17||25–5||1st (Southern)||NCAA Regional|
|1999||Cal State Fullerton||50–14||25–5||1st||College World Series|
|2000||Cal State Fullerton||38–21||21–9||T–1st||NCAA Regional|
|2001||Cal State Fullerton||48–18||14–4||1st||College World Series|
|2002||Cal State Fullerton||37–22||14–10||T–4th||NCAA Regional|
|2003||Cal State Fullerton||50–16||15–6||2nd||College World Series|
|2004||Cal State Fullerton||47–22||19–2||1st||College World Series Champions|
|2005||Cal State Fullerton||46–18||16–5||1st||NCAA Super Regional|
|2006||Cal State Fullerton||50–15||18–3||1st||College World Series|
|2007||Cal State Fullerton||38–25||10–11||5th||College World Series|
|Cal State Fullerton:||490–212–1||198–69|
|Oregon Ducks (Pac-12 Conference) (2009–2019)|
|2012||Oregon||46–19||19–11||3rd||NCAA Super Regional|
Postseason invitational champion
- Hunter, Jack (June 4, 2010). "From the ground up". Daily Emerald. University of Oregon. Retrieved June 5, 2017.
- Pucin, Diane (May 31, 2001). "Horton Fires Up Titans". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 5, 2017.
- "George Horton". Cal State Fullerton. Archived from the original on January 10, 2008. Retrieved June 5, 2017.
- "George Horton". University of Oregon. Retrieved June 5, 2017.
- "George Horton Baseball Biography". Archived from the original on 2009-12-25. Retrieved 2010-02-18.
- Hunt, John (September 1, 2007). "Horton to coach in Eugene". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2007-09-01.
- James Crepea (May 28, 2019). "Oregon Ducks, baseball coach George Horton parting ways". www.oregonlive.com. Oregon Live LLC. Retrieved May 29, 2019.