David Horning began working in Wolfpack athletics in 1984, and is currently the Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director. Horning supervises daily administrative duties, Football operations, Basketball operations, Personnel Unit Support, Sports Medicine, Student Services, Academic Support Oversight and serves on the ICA Cabinet.
Horning also serves as sport supervisor for baseball and gymnastics, while partnering with Debbie A. Yow on football and men's basketball operations.
During his time at NC State, Horning has served as the senior administrator for all men's sports with particular emphasis upon internal operations, men's basketball and football. He oversaw video services, Murphy Football Center, the equipment rooms, Track & Field and Cross Country, and Wrestling, as well as ongoing capital projects and facility renovations for the department.
Horning initially started his career at NC State as a graduate assistant in 1983 in the Strength and Conditioning program. After one year in that role, he was named Director of Strength and Conditioning in 1984, a position he held for five years. In 1990, after completing his graduate degree, he was named the Academic Coordinator/Assistant Recruiting Coordinator for Football. After two years of service to the football program, his academic duties expanded to the entire athletic department, as he was named the Assistant AD for Academics in 1992. In 1993-94, he assumed additional duties in the Compliance Office and was directly responsible for NCAA compliance.
In 1995, Horning was reassigned as the Assistant AD for Basketball Operations for the 1995-96 season. In 1996, Horning was promoted to Associate AD for Internal Operations controlling the day to day operations. In 1998, additional responsibilities as the Director of Enhancement and Capital Projects were added to his job description, giving him oversight for the completion of the Entertainment and Sports Arena (now known as the RBC Center) and the development of the Department of Athletics Facility Master Plan.
In January 2000, Horning added the duties of administrator for football, men's basketball, wrestling, track, and cross-country. In August of 2001, he was elevated to Senior Associate AD.
During his tenure, Horning has participated in the design and or the construction of the RBC Center, the Murphy Football Center, Vaughn Towers, Doak Baseball Complex, JW Isenhour Tennis Complex, Weisiger Brown and Dail Basketball Practice Facility, North End Zone, Derr Track, Soccer and Softball Stadiums, and the renovations of Carter Finley Stadium, Reynolds Coliseum, and Case Athletic Center.
A native of Kent Ohio, Horning lettered three seasons at outside linebacker on the NC State Football team from 1978-1980, participating in the 1977 Peach Bowl and 1978 Tangerine Bowl. He was also a member of the 1979 Wolfpack squad that won the ACC title. A recipient of the prestigious Gatling Academic Scholarship Award, Horning earned his B. S. in education from NC State in 1981 and his master's degree in education in 1989.
Horning is married to the former Geri Greenhill of Durham, an NC State graduate from the College of Management. They have a son, Joseph.