Tulane hopes to move quickly in Horton's absence
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
After four years in New Orleans, J.T. Horton is going home. The native Georgian and former head coach at Tulane was named the first Clemson women’s coach on Aug. 19, a job he begins immediately.
Horton’s last day at Tulane was Aug. 22, and school officials hope to announce a new head coach by week’s end. The Green Wave opens the season Sept. 11-13 at the Mo-Morial in Bryan, Texas.
Horton, who hails from Clayton, Ga., grew up a Tigers fan and calls the Clemson gig his “dream job.”
“This is coming home for us,” he said.
With Sept. 1 approaching, the day that coaches can begin recruiting high school juniors, Horton’s immediate focus will be filling Clemson’s maiden roster with players from the class of 2013. The Tigers will not compete until fall 2013.
Horton set in motion a similar process at Tulane when he was hired in July 2007, after the program had been inactive for 2 1/2 years in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Horton was named Conference USA Coach of the Year in two of the three seasons he coached at Tulane.
“What I did (at Tulane) is what I’ll do (at Clemson) – put my full focus on recruiting very early in the process,” Horton said. “As soon as I get there, everything will be recruiting, and then as recruiting settles down a little bit and I’m able to get some players on board, I’ll go into the scheduling part of it, the ordering of equipment, the ordering of uniforms (and) building community support for the program.”
Horton will work solo until summer 2013, when he will hire an assistant coach.