FAYETTEVILLE — Former Arkansas running backs coach Tim Horton has accepted a position at Auburn, ending his six-year tenure with the Razorbacks.
The former Arkansas receiver has been the program's running backs coach since 2007, working with three 1,000-yard rushers during his tenure (Darren McFadden, Felix Jones and Knile Davis). Horton also worked as recruiting coordinator for five years, playing a vital role in helping them secure recruiting classes that included in-state players like Tyler Wilson, Joe Adams, Jarius Wright and Greg Childs.
"It is an honor and privilege to work at Auburn University with Coach Malzahn and the tremendous group of people and coaches that he's assembled," Horton said in an Auburn news release. "My family and I are thrilled to be joining the Auburn family."
Horton is leaving to work for new Auburn coach Gus Malzahn as tight ends coach.
"Tim is a true professional and an outstanding coach and recruiter, who deserves a lot of credit for Arkansas' success while he was there," Malzahn said in a news release. "Tim is a man of character who will be a great compliment to our staff and a tremendous representative of the entire Auburn family."
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said on Dec. 22 that Horton, who worked for three different head coaches at Arkansas, was in consideration for a position on his staff. Former Washington assistant Joel Thomas was hired as running backs coach a day later. Arkansas does have one opening remaining.
Horton will not take the final spot, but Bielema has retained two assistants from the 2012 coaching staff. Linebackers coach Taver Johnson, who will now work as cornerbacks coach.
Defensive assistant Bobby Allen, who spent 15 years on the staff, has moved to an administrative role as the program's director of high school relations.
"Thank you to players, coaches, teammates, media and fans for 10 great years at UA. Proud Arkansan! Thrilled to be going to Auburn! #GoHogs" Horton said via Twitter.
2012 Arkansas Football Staff (New Job)
OC/QB - Paul Petrino (Idaho head coach)
RB – Tim Horton (Auburn tight ends coach)
WR – Kris Cinkovich (Idaho offensive coordinator)
OL – Chris Klenakis
DT – Kevin Peoples (WKU defensive line)
DE – Steve Caldwell
LB – Taver Johnson (Arkansas cornerbacks)
DC/S – Paul Haynes (Kent State head coach)
CB – Bobby Allen (Arkansas director of HS relations)
On-campus recruiting – Nick Holt (WKU defensive coordinator)
Football operations – Mark Robinson
HS relations – Jason Shumaker (Idaho running backs)
Strength coach – Jason Veltkamp (NC State strength coach)