AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas coach Shaka Smart will be in search of a new assistant with Tuesday’s news that Northern Kentucky hired Darrin Horn as its next head coach.
Horn spent four seasons with Texas basketball. Smart promoted him to associate head coach during the 2018 offseason.
Horn focused on the Longhorns frontcourt players and received a lot of credit for helping talented Texas big men, Jarrett Allen and Mo Bamba, mature on the college court.
“I’m very excited for Darrin and his family about this terrific opportunity. Over the past four years, he’s been a valuable asset to our program and impacted our team and staff in many ways. We are extremely grateful for all that Darrin has done at UT and will follow his success at Northern Kentucky with great excitement,” Smart said in a statement.
The hire was first reported by CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish.
Horn has a combined nine years of head coaching experience at South Carolina and Western Kentucky.
This is the second straight offseason Smart will be forced to add a new piece to the coaching staff for the second straight year. Mike Morrell accepted this head coaching job at UNC Asheville during the 2018 offseason.