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Mason City coaching search irks Jeff Horner

[ 0 ] May 18, 2014 |

Former Mason City High School and University of Iowa basketball star Jeff Horner took to Twitter on Saturday to blast the current administration at Mason City.

Mason City boys’ basketball coach Adam Callanan resigned in February after posting a 39-78 record in six seasons. Horner told the Register on Sunday that his father, Bob, interviewed for the job but was passed over.

Bob Horner served as Mason City’s head coach for 17 seasons. He took five Mohawk teams to the state tournament, including Jeff’s junior and senior seasons. Mason City won state titles in 1996 and ’97. He stepped down in 2004.

“I don’t have any problem with those other candidates, because I actually know all of them and like them,” Jeff Horner said. “And I don’t have a problem with my dad not getting the job. I’m speaking as a former player, not even as a son. I just feel like my dad has the most experience of all the people they interviewed, and for him to not get it for the second or third time, there was a lot of frustration. …

“When you’re in the coaching business, some people aren’t going to like you and some people are. That’s just the nature of the business. …

“It’s obviously a new superintendent and new athletic director since my dad was there. I just see them struggling so badly, and as a person that went there, an alumni … I don’t know. It’s just an interesting process.”

The CIML school is battling a financial shortfall and recently considered cutting its athletic director position. Last year, the school board turned down a recommendation by the school administration to cut up to 13 coaching positions, nine at the high school level.

Horner, who stepped down as West Des Moines Valley’s coach this month, tweeted Saturday that “If I lived in the MC School District I would send my kid to another school. Everything about that school is an absolute joke.”

Horner added in another tweet: “I can honestly say I am ashamed to have graduated from Mason City High School. It is sad to see the current administration bringing it down.”

The tweets were deleted from Horner’s account on Sunday.




Update: Horner had an update Sunday night after commenting, linking to text and stating it would be the, “Last thing I am going to say about the Mason City thing.”

The work teachers and other employees do in the Mason City School District are second to none. I received an excellent education there and I am extremely thankful for the opportunities it has created for me. I love Mason City sports and I care too much to keep seeing these things happen. At some point the decision makers need to be questioned when the same things keep happening over and over. There is a readon the people of Mason City crowded a room for a school board meeting. The community cares and they deserve to be shown the same effort from the decision makers.

—Jeff Horner (@Jeff_Horner2) May 18, 2014

Category: Iowa Hawkeyes men's basketball

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