John Horton enters his first season with the Tritons after a successful year at Coffeyville Community College in Coffeyville, KS. Last year the Red Ravens of Coffeyville finished fifth at the outdoor national meet behind some great performances in the jumping events. Horton coached Dodley Thermitus to a national title and new national and meet record in the long jump with a mark of 8.24 meters (27-0.5”). Thermitus was the Indoor and Outdoor National Champion. In 2019, his jumpers finished first, fourth and sixth in the long jump, and third, seventh and thirteenth in the triple jump. He also had two men score in the high jump at sixth and seventh places. While at Coffeyville, Horton coached athletes to five new school records.
Horton received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Houston where he was a two-time NCAA Division I All-American. In 2013 he finished 15th in the Triple Jump at the Outdoor National Championships and then improved to 8th at the 2014 National Championships. While at Houston he was coached by Olympians Leroy Burrell and Carl Lewis. Horton holds personal records of 7.51 meters (24-7.75”) in the long jump and 15.97 meters (52-4.75”) in the triple jump.
Horton most recently attended the 2019 USATF Emerging Elite Coaches Camp at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center (CVEATC) in Chula Vista, CA and earned his certificate of completion in Jumps. In addition to his duties with the Track and Field Team, Horton will also serve as a housing coordinator in residence life.