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Jeff Horner leaving Valley High position

[ 0 ] May 7, 2014 |

West Des Moines Valley boys’ basketball coach Jeff Horner has resigned after four seasons.

Horner, who had a successful playing career at Mason City and at Iowa, has decided to pursue other coaching opportunities, according to Valley activities director Brad Rose.

He led Valley to the state tournament twice, in 2012 and again this past season. Horner compiled a record of 70-27.

Horner did not immediately respond to calls seeking comment.

Rose said Horner met with the team Wednesday to tell them of his decision.

“He did a wonderful job for us,” Rose said. “We were lucky to have him for four years. He’s rejuvenated our program. I wish him the best.”

The Tigers went 17-9 this past season and finished second in the Class 4-A state championship. Valley lost to Iowa City West 57-45.

The runner-up placing was Horner’s best and was accomplished with an underdog team. Unrated Valley upset No. 1-ranked Dubuque Senior 42-41 in a quarterfinal and topped No. 8 Sioux City North 53-49 in a semifinal.

Valley’s finish was its best since 1999.

Horner was a three-time Des Moines Sunday Register all-state first team guard at Mason City. He was named Mr. Iowa Basketball as a senior in 2002.

At Iowa, Horner scored 1,502 career points, which ranks 14th in school history. He still owns school records with the highest totals in 3-pointers (262) and assists (612).

Category: Iowa Hawkeyes men's basketball

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