|Head Coach Terry Horan|
Head coach Terry Horan's is entering his 10th season at the helm of the Cobbers. In his first nine seasons Horan has amassed over 60 wins and holds a .659 winning percentage. Last year he guided Concordia to its seventh top 4 finish in the MIAC in the past eight seasons. Like all his teams, Concordia finished the season on a high note as they won three of their final four games.
Horan has achieved several milestones in his nine years of continuing to make the Concordia football team one of the premiere programs in the conference. In 2007, Horan became the first coach in school history to win 50 games in the first seven seasons as head coach. He was also the fastest coach in program history to eclipse the 40-win mark in conference games. That win record was fueled by helping guide the Cobbers to the MIAC championship in 2004 and back-to-back NCAA playoff appearances in 2004 and 2005 - the first time any Cobber football team has ever achieved back-to-back playoff appearances.
In his first nine seasons of leading Concordia back to the top of the MIAC, Horan has been named MIAC Coach of the Year twice (2002 and 2004) and was named the American Football Coaches Association Region Coach of the Year in 2004. The 2009 season begins with another group of players that is more than 130 strong. Not only has Horan added quantity since taking over in 2001, but he has added a stable of high-quality players as well. He has routinely recruited athletes who have been offered NCAA scholarship money from Division I and II programs and showed them the benefit of the Concordia tradition.
The coming out party for Horan and the Cobbers on the national and conference scene came in 2004 when Concordia captured their first outright MIAC championship since the 1986 season with a perfect 8-0 mark. The team finished the year with an 11-1 overall record and was ranked in the top 25 in the nation for most of the season. All told, Concordia has spent 28 consecutive weeks in the top 25 of Division III.
A 1989 graduate of Concordia, Horan began his coaching career in 1991 as an assistant coach at Breckenridge. In the fall of 1993 he took over as head coach and guided the Cowboys to three state tournament appearances in the four years, from 1993 to 1996, he coached. During that time, Breckenridge reached the state title game in 1995 and was a semifinalist in 1994 and 1996. In 1997, he returned to Concordia to serve as wide receivers coach and athletic recruiting coordinator. After two years he proceeded to move back to Breckenridge to become the dean of students at the middle school and resume his head coaching duties at the high school. In his two stints as head coach at Breckenridge, his teams amassed a 56-15 record and he was named Section Coach of the Year three times and Heart-O’-Lakes Coach of the Year three times.
Horan was an All-American while playing at Concordia from 1985 to 1988. He still holds the school record for most touchdowns in a single season as well as reception, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns for a career. He also is the second all-time scoring leader for the Cobbers. He was a three-time All-MIAC performer and garnered All-American status in his senior year. Horan was also an All-MIAC baseball player in 1989 and had a career batting average of more than 0.350.
Horan and wife, Michelle, a 1992 Concordia graduate, live in Moorhead with their four children — Meghan, Thomas, Tate and Annie.