SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara Track and Field team is set to open their office doors to a new member next week as former Florida Gator Gray K. Horn comes in to take over the assistant coaching position for the sprints, hurdles, jumps, and multi-events. Horn will be succeeding his predecessors in that of former Associate Head Coach Cody Fleming who covered the throws and multis and Assistant Coach Travis Anderson who covered sprints and jumps.
Newly anointed assistant coach Gray Horn is no stranger to Division 1 Track and Field, having been a major contributor to the Gators at the University of Florida as one of their premier decathletes. As a student-athlete, Horn was a 5-time SEC Champion and 4-time NCAA Division 1 All-American that contributed to 2 SEC Team Championships back in 2011 and 2012, the latter year acting as the team captain for the men's squad. He is also still the school record holder for the men's decathlon and indoor heptathlon with scores of 7,954 and 5,971. In addition to his collegiate accolades, Horn was also a surprise bronze medalist at the 2012 Olympic Trials in the decathlon, as well as a 2014 USA Indoor National Champion in the men's heptathlon.
On the coaching side of things, Gray Horn began as an assistant coach at Ashland University back in 2012 under the tutelage of head coach Jud Logan, where his personal development in the throwing events and the strength/conditioning department took fruition. From the months of May to November 2013, Horn would take a quick stint as a participant in the elite training system of the local Santa Barbara Track Club under the watch of multi-events coach John Priester before heading back to Ashland until December of 2014. At Ashland, he would end up coaching 5 GLIAC Champions, and 5 NCAA Division 2 All-Americans to 8 total All-American Honors.
Horn's success as an assistant coach would blossom at his next job at Tiffin University as the sprints, hurdles, and multis coach for men's and women's track and field under head coach Jeremy Croy. At Tiffin, he would be a key contributor to the program's 2016 and 2017 NCAA Division 2 Indoor National Championship titles, the first NCAA titles in program and school history, as well as the first NCAA Indoor titles for any program in the state of Ohio regardless of division. He would end up coaching 15 All-Americans with 32 total first team All-American honors. The program would also see the fall of 6 indoor school records and 11 outdoor school records, as well as 33 combined GLIAC Conference event victories with Horn in attendance. A highlight of his coaching would be with Tiffin student-athlete Lamar Hargrove, who would go on to win 3 individual NCAA Division 2 titles and an NCAA Division 2 meet record in the 200m of 20.81.