NC State's matchup with ACC foe Virginia presents a homecoming for several members of the Wolfpack staff
Don Horton's Coaching Career Year(s): Team - Position 1982: The Ohio State - Graduate Assistant 1983-84: New Mexico State - Offensive Tackles/Tight Ends 1985-86: Virginia - Graduate Assistant 1987: Norfolk Catholic HS - Head Coach 1988-89: Wittenberg - Offensive Coordinator 1990-91: Capital University - Offensive Coordinator 1992-93: Ohio University - Offensive Line 1994-97: Southern Illinois - Offensive Coordinator 1997-02: Boston College - Tight Ends 2003-06: Boston College - Offensive Line 2007-10: NC State - Offensive Line 2011-pres.: NC State - Tight Ends
Highlights Has been the offensive coordinator at three different universities during his coaching career Will coach the tight ends in 2011 after directing the offensive line for the past four seasons Has coached over 15 NFL players Three-year starter on the offensive line at Wittenberg from 1978-81
PLAYING EXPERIENCE: Three-year starter on the offensive line at Wittenberg University, he played from 1978-81.
EDUCATION: Earned his B.A. from Wittenberg University in 1982. Received his master of arts from Ohio State in 1983.
PERSONAL DATA: Born 2/6/58 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He and his wife Maura have two daughters, Hayes (7) and Hadley Ellison (2).
BOWL EXPERIENCE: At NC State - 2010 Champs Sports Bowl, 2008 Papajohns.com Bowl; At Boston College - 2006 Meineke Care Care Bowl; 2005 MPC Computers Bowl, 2004 Continental Tire Bowl, 2003 Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl, 2002 Motor City Bowl, 2001 Music City Bowl, 2000 Aloha Bowl, 1999 Insight.com Bowl; At Ohio State - 1982 Holiday Bowl.
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS: Switched to instructing the tight ends following the 2010 season, after leading the offensive line for four years. In 2010, coached offensive tackle Jake Vermiglio, an honorable mention All-ACC performer. NC State moved two defensive players to the offensive line in 2008, with center Ted Larsen and guard John Bedics starting all 12 games for the Pack and helping the offense rank fourth in passing and sixth in total offense in the ACC. Prior to the 2007 campaign, was named the second-best offensive line coach in the country by Todd McShay on espn.com. In 2006, coached BC guard Josh Beekman, who won first-team All-ACC honors, as well as the ACC's prestigious Jacobs' Blocking Trophy. One of his tackles, Jim Marten, earned second-team honors. In 2005, three BC offensive linemen - offensive tackle Jeremy Trueblood, Beekman and center Patrick Ross - all earned second-team all-conference honors. Horton helped coach Ross and Trueblood to the All-Big East second team in 2004 and offensive guards Chris Snee and Augie Hoffmann to the first team in 2003. Previously 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.
PROFESSIONAL PLAYERS COACHED: At NC State - Jeraill McCuller, Ted Larsen; At Boston College - Bryan Arndt, Josh Beekham, Gosder Cherilus, Scott Dragos, Robert Ellis, Mike Guazzo, Augie Hoffman, James Marten, Ryan Poles, Todd Pollack, Patrick Ross, Sean Ryan, Chris Snee, Rob Tardio, Jeremy Trueblood.