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UND assistant coach Jeff Horner named head coach at Truman State

UND men's basketball assistant coach Jeff Horner has had his name thrown around the rumor mill for a variety of coaching gigs this offseason.

On Tuesday, Horner's exit from Grand Forks became official.

Horner has been hired as the head coach at NCAA Division II Truman State, in Kirksville, Mo.

Horner, a former standout point guard at Iowa (2002-06), started as UND's director of basketball operations (2014-15) before three years as an assistant coach (2015-18).

"(Horner) has had a ton of success as a player, coach and recruiter that will help continue the tradition that coach Matt Woodley and coach Chris Foster have set in place over the past seven seasons," Truman State athletic director Jerry Wollmering said. 

Horner was Iowa's Mr. Basketball in 2002 and was named to the Iowa High School Hall of Fame in 2014.

"I am extremely excited to become a part of the Truman State University family," Horner said. "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 was also recently a finalist for the head men's basketball job at Minnesota Duluth, which hasn't named its head coach as of Tuesday afternoon.

"I am very proud and excited for Jeff, Lindsay, Siena and Bowen for this new chapter in their lives," UND coach Brian Jones said. "He is a tremendous coach, who has a bright future in this profession. I am grateful for his loyalty and friendship over the last 15 years. He made our program better and he will bring a winning culture to his new program. This is a great hire for Truman State."

Tom Miller

Miller has been with the Grand Forks Herald sports department for the past 13 years. He's also a Grand Forks native and UND graduate. 

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