Head Coach Terry Horan
Head coach Terry Horan is entering his 19th season at the helm of the Cobbers and is on the brink of another coaching milestone. In his first 18 seasons Horan has amassed 124 overall wins and is only the third coach in program history to win 100 games. He also has 95 victories against MIAC opponents and could become only the third coach in Concordia history to win 100 conference games.
During his 18-year tenure Horan has posted a very consistent 67.4% winning percentage. He has guided Concordia to 14 top 4 finishes in the MIAC in the past 15 seasons. Horan shows no signs of resting on his early success as he has helped the Cobbers record six seven-win seasons in the past seven years.. Concordia has recorded 35 wins in the past five years which is the second highest total of any school in the MIAC. The Cobbers have finished in the Top 3 of the MIAC in six of the past seven seasons and have won five conference games in six years during that span.
Horan has achieved several milestones in his 18 years as he continues to make the Concordia football team one of the premiere programs in the conference. He is also close to achieving another career victory mark. He has 95 MIAC victories and needs five more to become the third coach in school history to win 100 conference games. In 2015 Horan became only the third coach in program history to reach the 100-win milestone. 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 18 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 2019 season will feature another recruiting class that is over 50 student/athletes strong. Horan also oversees a program that has finished in the Top 10 in attendance in NCAA Division III for 12 straight seasons. 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 98 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 children Meghan - who graduated from Concordia in 2019 - Thomas, Tate and Annie and dog Luckie.