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Coach Terry Horan
AFCA Regional Coach of the Year: 2004
MIAC Coach of the Year: 2002, 2004
Terry Horan is in his fourth year as head football coach at Concordia College. In 2002 he was named the MIAC Coach of the Year as he guided the Cobbers to a second place finish. Concordia went 7-1 in the MIAC and was 7-3 overall. In his first three seasons at the helm, he has compiled an 17-8 conference record and a 19-11 overall mark.
Horan succeeded Jim Christopherson who retired after 32 years as Concordia's head coach. Before coming to Concordia Horan was the head football coach at Breckenridge High School for six years.
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 1993-96, he coached. During that time Breckenridge reached the state title game in 1995 and was a semi-finalist in 1994 & '96. 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.
“Much of what I did in Breckenridge, I learned at Concordia,” says Horan. “I’ve mixed in my own ideas, too. It’s a matter of seeing what best fits the skills and talents of your players."
Horan was an All-American while playing at Concordia from 1985-88. He holds the school record for most receiving yards, receptions and touchdowns in a single season as well as for a career. 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 has a career batting average of over .350.
"Concordia shaped me to be the person that I am," added Horan. "I feel like I am going home, and am excited to carry on the rich football tradition the school has earned."
Horan is only the eighth football coach in the school's 81 seasons of collegiate football. He succeeds long-time coach Jim Christopherson who retired midway through the 2000 season. Christopherson had been the head coach since 1969 when he took over the position from legendary coach Jake Christiansen. During the 32 years under Christopherson's tutelage, the Cobbers won two national championships and captured the MIAC crown 11 times.
Horan and wife Michelle, a 1992 Concordia graduate, live in Moorhead with their three children - Meghan, Thomas and Tate.