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Terry Horan
The eighth football coach in Concordia College history, answers questions at the press conference, as wife Michelle looks on.

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For Immediate Release: 12/22/00

 | The Terry Horan File |

Terry Horan Named Head Football Coach.
Terry Horan has been named the head football coach at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. Horan, who has been the head football coach at Breckenridge High School for the past two years, succeeds Jim Christopherson who is retiring after 32 years as Concordia's head coach.

Im absolutely thrilled, says Horan. Its a great honor to be following two legendary coaches (Jim Christopherson and Jake Christiansen). Im excited to have an outstanding supporting cast of coaches and players who will help Concordia football maintain its tradition of  excellence.

A 1989 graduate of Concordia, Horan began his coaching career in 1991 as an assitant 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, that 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 have amassed a 56-15 record and he has been 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. Ive mixed in my own ideas, too. Its 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 athletic director Dr. Armin Pipho stated, " I believe we have hired the right person to build on that tradition, says Pipho. Terry consistently coached successful teams and he knows how to recruit exceptional student-athletes, which he proved during his time as an assistant coach here. Athletes love to play for him and thats the bottom line at Concordia.

"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 will start immediately, and is excited about the prospect of coaching football at the collegiate level. He is eager to meet with his staff and players, before quickly hitting the recruiting trail. Im a tenacious recruiter, says Horan. Im looking forward to getting back to the high schools to share my excitement about Concordia and all it has to offer.

Horan and wife Michelle, a 1992 Concordia graduate, live in Breckenridge and have two children - Meghan who is 3 1/2 and Thomas Patrick who is five weeks old.

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