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 Don Horton
Don Horton
Offensive Line

8th year

Don Horton is entering his eighth year on the Boston College staff and his second as offensive line coach. Previously, Horton coached BC's tight ends for six years.

Horton helped coach offensive guards Chris Snee and Augie Hoffmann to the All-Big East first team last season. Previously he helped coach Eagle tight end Sean Ryan to the All-Big East second team in 2002, Robert Ellis to the All-Big East second team in 2000 and Todd Pollack to the All-Big East first team in 1997. He coached in his sixth bowl game last year (Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl). He also coached in the 2002 Motor City Bowl, the 2001 Music City Bowl, the 2000 Aloha Bowl and the 1999 Bowl at BC and the 1982 Holiday Bowl at Ohio State.

Before joining Tom O'Brien's staff in 1997, Horton had been the offensive coordinator at Southern Illinois since 1994, and also coached the Salukis' offensive line during that period. Prior to that Horton was offensive line coach at Ohio University (1992-93) and offensive coordinator at Capital University (1990-91) and Wittenberg University (1988-89).

Following his graduation from Wittenberg in 1982, where he was a three-year starter, Horton received his master's degree in physical education from Ohio State, where he served as a graduate assistant coach for the Buckeyes' offensive line. While he was on staff, the Buckeyes played in the 1982 Holiday Bowl.

He began his full-time coaching career as tackle and tight ends coach at New Mexico State (1984-85) before taking another graduate assistantship at Virginia from 1986 through 1987. He also was the head coach at Norfolk Catholic (Va.) High School before returning to the collegiate ranks in 1988.

Horton and his wife, the former Maura Sweeney, reside in Newton with their one-year-old daughter, Hayes.

The Horton File

Came to Boston College from: Southern Illinois University
Year: 1997

Coaching Experience

1997-Boston College (tight ends coach, offensive line coach)
1994-97Southern Illinois (offensive coordinator)
1992-94Ohio University (offensive line)
1990-92Capital University (offensive coordinator)
1988-90Wittenberg University (offensive coordinator)
1987-88Norfolk Catholic High School (head coach)
1985-87Virginia (graduate assistant)
1983-85New Mexico State (offensive tackles/tight ends)
1982-83Ohio State (graduate assistant)

Bowl Games as a Coach

  • Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl (Boston College)
  • Motor City Bowl (Boston College)
  • Music City Bowl (Boston College)
  • Aloha Bowl (Boston College)
  • Bowl (Boston College)
  • Holiday Bowl (Ohio State)

    Playing Career

  • 1978-81
  • Wittenberg University (offensive line)

    Professional Players Coached

  • Chris Snee (Boston College)
  • Sean Ryan (Boston College)
  • Robert Ellis (Boston College)
  • Mike Guazzo (Boston College)
  • Bryan Arndt (Boston College)
  • Rob Tardio (Boston College)
  • Todd Pollack (Boston College)
  • Scott Dragos (Boston College)


    1982BA Wittenberg University
    1983MAOhio State University
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