George Horton to be Inducted into Athletics Hall of Fame
FULLERTON, Calif. – With less than one month to go until the induction of the seventh class of the Cal State Fullerton Athletics Hall of Fame, FullertonTitans.com will begin the process of unveiling each of the five Titan legends. Today we honor the one and only George Horton.
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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2017
Cocktail Reception: 6:30 p.m.
Dinner Program: 7:30 p.m.
Embassy Suites by Hilton Brea
900 E. Birch St.
Brea, CA 92821
George Horton is surely one of the most recognizable names in Cal State Fullerton Athletics history, helping guide the Titans Baseball program to two National Championships; once as an associate head coach in 1995 under fellow Fullerton Hall of Famer and then Head Coach Augie Garrido and of course leading the Titans to the national crown in 2004 as the head skipper. Horton also made his mark as a player under Garrido, as he was a part of Fullerton's first team to qualify for the College World Series in 1975.
The Downey, Calif. native was as successful as they come when it came to the college baseball coaching scene. He spent 11 seasons as the head coach for the Titans, compiling an overall record of 490-212-1, while leading Fullerton to the postseason in all 11 seasons, claiming seven conference titles, qualifying for the CWS on six separate occasions and leading the program to its fourth national championship in 2004.
In 2004, Horton's Titans squared off against the Texas Longhorns, coached by mentor Garrido. Fullerton claimed the title, sweeping Texas in two games (6-4, 3-2).
Horton led Fullerton to three 50-win seasons, including a 50-16 overall record in 2003, which garnered him Baseball America Coach of the Year Honors. He was also named the 2004 ABCA Coach of the Year and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's Coach of the Year. He was also named the Big West Coach of the Year five times during his career.
During his tenure as head coach, the Titans won 127 of 160 regular season three-game series for a winning percentage of just under .800. He's also just one of 17 men to appear in Omaha as player and a head coach.
He currently serves as the head baseball coach at the University of Oregon. He's coached there for nine seasons and has led the Ducks to the postseason five times.
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