Horton has been a significant contributor to the program's continued progress throughout the past seasons. After a sixth-place finish at the NCAA West Regional in 2007, the Falcons turned things around in 2008, capturing a second-place finish at the 2008 NCAA West Regional. Air Force's finish matched their best-ever showing at the tournament (as they also placed second in 2003).
Horton arrived at the Academy in the summer of 2007 after spending nine years as the first assistant at the University of Missouri. In his tenure at Missouri, Horton helped the Tigers continuously improve, culminating in a banner year in 2007. In addition to taking home the team trophy at the prestigious Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, Missouri, led by two-time national champion and Hodge Trophy winner Ben Askren, finished third at the NCAA Championship. The Tigers' showing in 2007 marked the program's highest-ever placing at the national tournament.
Horton has also proven his value as a recruiter, helping Missouri land a pair of top-10 recruiting classes and an additional four top-15 recruiting classes in six years.
A 1997 graduate of Iowa State University, Horton was an All-American at 167-pounds in his senior campaign. He was also a four-year letterwinner and a two-time freestyle All-American for the Cyclones under head coach Bobby Douglas. Horton was also named a High School All-American in 1992, while attending high school in Dubuque, Iowa.
Horton and his family reside in Colorado Springs, Colo.