@Xavier_WBB And Head Coach Brian Neal Announce Staff Changes
May 2, 2014
CINCINNATI - Xavier women's basketball head coach Brian Neal announced three staff changes as Garry Horton was elevated to assistant coach, Mark Ehlen was named Director of Basketball Performance and Netta Smith was hired as the Director of Basketball Operations.
Horton joined the Musketeer staff in August 2013, Ehlen, XU head coach from 1986-95, spent the 2013-14 season on the Musketeer staff as an assistant coach, while Smith will start in her role on May 1.
Prior to joining Furman in the summer of 2010, Horton was boys assistant head coach at Hughes Center High School in Cincinnati. In addition to his position at Hughes Center, Horton served as boys varsity head coach and director of operations for the Quinn Anvils basketball squad of the Derek Smith AAU All-Stars in Louisville and in 2008-09 was the varsity boys basketball coach at Louisville's S.V. Noe Middle School.
From 2006-08 Horton held the position of women's basketball graduate assistant coach and academic advisor at the University of Louisville, under head coach Jeff Walz. During that period, the Cardinals posted a 53-18 record and made back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances.
In nine seasons (1986-96) on the bench at Xavier, Ehlen won 122 games and led the Musketeers to the first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history in 1993. He helped XU to the Midwestern Collegiate Conference regular season title in 1992 and the conference tournament title in 1993. His charges were excellent in the classroom as well, holding above a 3.0 grade point average during his nine-year tenure and achieving a 100% graduation rate for four-year players during that span.
As Director of Basketball Operations, Smith will perform a plethora of duties, including supervising student managers, assisting with the coordination of team travel and serving as a liaison with multiple areas within the athletic department.