HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky University Director of Athletics Ken Bothof announces Darrin Horn as the sixth head coach in the history of the men's basketball program. NKU will hold a press conference and celebration open to both members of the media and Norse Nation Thursday afternoon. More details of the event will be announced on Wednesday.
“It’s a thrill for me to be named the head coach at Northern Kentucky,” said Horn. “It was a job I’ve had my eye on for a while now. There is great momentum and energy surrounding both the basketball program and University. Norse Basketball is a winning program with players who know what it takes to win. I am impressed with the vision that both Ken [Bothof] and President Vaidya have for the program and University. My family and I can’t wait to join the Norse family and Northern Kentucky community.”
“I am pleased to welcome Darrin, along with his wife Carla and children Caroline and Walker, to Northern Kentucky University,” said Bothof. “Throughout the hiring process, it became clear that Darrin was the right fit to lead the Norse men’s basketball program. Not only does he have ties to Kentucky from his prep and collegiate playing days, but he’s also been a successful head coach at Western Kentucky.”
About Darrin Horn
Horn is coming off four seasons at Texas, having served the last season as the program’s Associate Head Coach. During his tenure at Texas, the Longhorns went 71-66 and won the 2019 NIT. Horn had the primary responsibility of developing Texas’ frontcourt and has seen two players move onto the NBA, as Jarrett Allen was the No. 22 pick by the Brooklyn Nets in the 2017 NBA Draft while Mohamed Bamba was the No. 6 pick by the Orlando Magic in the 2018 NBA Draft. Jaxson Hayes, the 2019 Big 12 Freshman of the Year, is projected to be a first-round draft pick this year.
A native of Glasgow, Kentucky, Horn played at Western Kentucky from 1991-95. From there, he made assistant coaching stops at his alma mater, Morehead State and Marquette before serving as the head coach at both Western Kentucky and South Carolina. As the head coach at WKU, Horn led the Hilltoppers to a 111-48 record from 2003-08, culminating in Sun Belt Conference regular-season and tournament titles and a trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2007-08.
During his time as a player, Horn was a part of four 20-win seasons, two Sun Belt Conference championships and a pair of Sun Belt Tournament Titles. He amassed 1,115 points and 139 steals in his career and is one of three players to help the Hilltoppers reach national postseason play in four consecutive years with one NIT appearance and three NCAA Tournament berths.
About Northern Kentucky University Men’s Basketball
The NKU men’s basketball program has established itself as the premier team in the Horizon League and is establishing itself as one of the pre-eminent mid-major programs in NCAA Division I. In the last three years, the Norse have posted a 72-30 overall record (.706), including 40-14 mark (.741) in the Horizon League. The Norse have also won two regular-season league titles, two league tournament championships, participated in the NCAA Tournament twice and made an appearance in the NIT during that time. NKU first tipped off in the 1971-72 season, and after 44 years on the hardwood has amassed a 825-567 record (.593).
Shaka Smart Statement on Darrin Horn
“I’m very excited for Darrin and his family about this terrific opportunity. Over the past four years, he’s been a valuable asset to our program and impacted our team and staff in many ways. We are extremely grateful for all that Darrin has done at UT and will follow his success at Northern Kentucky with great excitement.”