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MySanAntonio.com Report: Texas assistant Darrin Horn to become next head coach of Northern Kentucky

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AUSTIN – The man who helped mold and develop Jarrett Allen and Mo Bamba and Jaxson Hayes is moving up in the world.

Texas assistant Darrin Horn has accepted an offer to become the next head coach of Northern Kentucky, per a report from Gary Parrish of CBS Sports.

Northern Kentucky went a combined 72-30 and made two NCAA tournament appearances over the past three seasons under John Brannen, who left to become to new coach of Cincinnati.

Horn, 46, was not immediately available to comment on the report.

Horn amassed a career record of 282-171 as the head coach at South Carolina (2008-12) and Western Kentucky (2003-08) and served four seasons on Longhorns coach Shaka Smart's staff. He is native of Glasgow, Ky. and played college ball at Western Kentucky.

Horn worked primarily with UT’s bigs, from Cameron Ridley to Prince Ibeh to first-round picks Allen (22nd overall in 2017) and Bamba (fifth overall in 2018).

“Darrin’s done a phenomenal job since we got here with the big guys,” Smart said last June. “He’s since Day 1 been our coach that we’ve had working with the bigs. He might have done a better job with Cam Ridley than he did with any player.

“Unfortunately, Cam got hurt midway through the season, but the transformation he made during those three, four, five months was truly impressive.”

Horn played a vital role in the recruiting and eventual signing of Austin Westlake four-star center Will Baker, the No. 8 center in the most recent recruiting cycle, per the 247Sports composite.

The loss of Baker leaves Smart with just two coaching assistants, Neill Berry and Jai Lucas. A search will now begin to fill Horn's vacated position.


Twitter: @NRMoyle

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