Head coach Terry Horan is entering his 15th season at the helm of the Cobbers. In his first 14 seasons Horan has amassed 97 wins as he stands on the precipice of becoming only the third coach in program history to win 100 games. During his 14-year tenure Horan has posted an eye-opening 67.3% winning percentage. He has guided Concordia to 11 top 4 finishes in the MIAC in the past 12 seasons. Horan shows no signs of resting on his early success as he has helped the Cobbers record three consecutive eight-win seasons. It is the first time in program history that a coach has posted at least eight wins in three straight campaigns. Concordia has finished in a tie for second place in the MIAC standings and has won six conference games in each of the past three years.
Horan has achieved several milestones in his 14 years as he continues to make the Concordia football team one of the premiere programs in the conference. In 2007, Horan became the first coach in school history to win 50 games in the first seven seasons as head coach. He was also the fastest coach in program history to eclipse the 40-win mark in conference games. That win record was fueled by helping guide the Cobbers to the MIAC championship in 2004 and back-to-back NCAA playoff appearances in 2004 and 2005 - the first time any Cobber football team has ever achieved back-to-back playoff appearances.
In his first 14 seasons of leading Concordia back to the top of the MIAC, Horan has been named MIAC Coach of the Year twice (2002 and 2004) and was named the American Football Coaches Association Region Coach of the Year in 2004.
The 2015 season will feature another group of players that is more than 125 strong. Not only has Horan added quantity since taking over in 2001, but he has added a stable of high-quality players as well. He has routinely recruited athletes who have been offered NCAA scholarship money from Division I and II programs and showed them the benefit of the Concordia tradition.
The coming out party for Horan and the Cobbers on the national and conference scene came in 2004 when Concordia captured their first outright MIAC championship since the 1986 season with a perfect 8-0 mark. The team finished the year with an 11-1 overall record and was ranked in the top 25 in the nation for most of the season. All told, Concordia has spent 28 consecutive weeks in the top 25 of Division III.
Horan succeeded Jim Christopherson, who retired after 32 years as Concordia’s head coach. Before coming to Concordia Horan was the head football coach at Breckenridge High School for six years.
A 1989 graduate of Concordia, Horan began his coaching career in 1991 as an assistant coach at Breckenridge. In the fall of 1993 he took over as head coach and guided the Cowboys to three state tournament appearances in the four years, from 1993 to 1996, he coached. During that time, Breckenridge reached the state title game in 1995 and was a semifinalist in 1994 and 1996. In 1997, he returned to Concordia to serve as wide receivers coach and athletic recruiting coordinator. After two years he proceeded to move back to Breckenridge to become the dean of students at the middle school and resume his head coaching duties at the high school. In his two stints as head coach at Breckenridge, his teams amassed a 56-15 record and he was named Section Coach of the Year three times and Heart-O’-Lakes Coach of the Year three times.
Horan was an All-American while playing at Concordia from 1985 to 1988. He still holds the school record for most touchdowns in a single season as well as reception, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns for a career. He also is the second all-time scoring leader for the Cobbers. He was a three-time All-MIAC performer and garnered All-American status in his senior year. Horan was also an All-MIAC baseball player in 1989 and had a career batting average of more than 0.350.
Horan is only the eighth football coach in the school’s 96 seasons of collegiate football. Before Horan, Christopherson had been the head coach since 1969 when he took over the position from Hall of Fame coach Jake Christiansen. During the 32 years under Christopherson’s tutelage, the Cobbers won two national championships and captured the MIAC crown 11 times.
Horan and wife, Michelle, a 1992 Concordia graduate, live in Moorhead with their four children — Meghan (18), Thomas (14), Tate (11) and Annie (9) and dog Luckie.