Gophers hire Lions assistant as new offensive coordinator

Marco LaNave

Two days after Gophers head coach Tim Brewster announced that his offensive coordinator was departing for the NFL after one year with the team, the University of Minnesota announced on Friday that it will fill the position with current Detroit Lions quarterbacks coach Jeff Horton, who will become the Gophers’ third offensive coordinator in as many seasons.

Horton was an assistant coach with the St. Louis Rams for three seasons before joining the Lions staff in 2009.

Horton began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Minnesota in 1984. He was the head coach at Nevada in 1993 and at UNLV from 1994-1998. He was the quarterbacks coach at Wisconsin from 1999 to 2005.

“[Horton’s] overall knowledge will help make this a seamless transition for our players,” Brewster said in a statement.

Former offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch left Minnesota to take the quarterbacks coach position with the Seattle Seahawks, Brewster announced on Wednesday.