Aug 26, 2013
CINCINNATI - Xavier Women’s Basketball Head Coach Amy Waugh has announced the addition of Garry Horton as Director of Basketball Operations. Horton fills the void left by Maureen Hester, who recently joined the coaching staff at Robert Morris.
“We are very excited to add someone of Garry Horton’s caliber here at Xavier,” said Waugh. “He is extremely organized, highly motivated and possesses a work ethic needed to be successful as we move into the BIG EAST. His skillset and vast experience will be an incredibly valuable asset to our program.”
Horton joins the staff at XU after serving as an assistant coach at Furman University for the last three seasons. During his time at Furman, Horton was part of a staff that led the Paladins to a 41-49 overall record (28-32 SoCon) and three consecutive appearances in the Southern Conference Tournament. From 2010-13 Furman had one second team All-SoCon selection and a SoCon Freshman of the Year (SoCon All-Freshman Team) honoree.
“Xavier is a great university with a very prestigious athletic program,” said Horton. “Coach Waugh and her staff are excellent. I’m excited to be a part of the XU family and look forward to trying to bring a BIG EAST Championship to Xavier.
Prior to joining Furman in the summer of 2010, he was boys assistant head coach at Hughes Center High School in Cincinnati. In addition to his stint 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 he held the position of women’s basketball graduate assistant coach and academic advisor at the University of Louisville, during which time the Cardinals posted a 53-18 record and made back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances.
Horton played collegiately at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Ky., from 2003-06. As a senior he served as team captain and captured team leadership and defensive player of the year honors. In addition, he ran cross country, served as African-American Student Association President, and was the recipient of a number of school accolades, including Club President, Resident Life Outstanding Contributor to Student Life and Serving Learning Program Awards. In 2008 he was honored by Thomas More with its Alumni of the Year Award.
Over the last eight years he has worked a variety of outstanding camps as a counselor, instructor and head coach, including Nike Boys Basketball Camp (Bloomington, Ind.), Black Coaches & Administrators Day Camps (Atlanta, Ga. & Indianapolis, Ind.), Winning Ways Pro International Combine (San Antonio, Texas), Five Star Basketball All-American Camps (Louisville, Ky. & Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Allen Houston’s “Fathers Know Best” Day Camp (Louisville, Ky.).
In 2003 he was a member of the of the United States Junior National Team Handball squad.
Horton received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Thomas More in 2006 and a master’s degree in social work from Louisville in 2008.
WHAT THEY”RE SAYING ABOUT HORTON:
"Garry is a rising star in the women's basketball profession. His energy and enthusiasm will be contagious to everyone who comes in contact with him in the Xavier community. Furman Women's Basketball will miss him tremendously and thanks him for all he has done for our program."
- Jackie Carson, Furman Women’s Basketball Head Coach
- Garry Horton hired as Xavier women’s basketball’s Director of Operations.
- Brenden Stowers hired as Xavier women’s basketball’s Video Coordinator.
Stowers comes to Xavier after spending the 2010-11 season as a graduate assistant coach at his alma mater, Northern Kentucky. Prior to his stint at NKU, he was a coach of the Simon Kenton HS girl’s basketball team for five years (2005-09) and an assistant coach for the men's team at Thomas More College (2009-10).
Stowers was a four-year letterwinner at Northern Kentucky, where he earned All-America honors for the Norse in 2003 after leading the team to the GLVC Tournament title. He was also named the most outstanding player of the 2003 GLVC Tournament.
He finished his NKU career with 1,311 points and ranks in the top 10 in Norse history in assists and free-throw percentage. He averaged 16.2 points per game as a senior and made a Norse single-season record 187 free throws in 2002-03.