Michael Horan
Michael Horan
Title: Assistant Coach - Defensive Line
Phone: (617) 496-6765
Alma Mater: Bates 2005
Recruits: Recruiting Areas: Oklahoma, Texas
Experience: Sixth Season

Michael Horan enters his sixth season as an assistant coach for Harvard football in 2014. Horan is in his third season in the top position with the defensive line after serving for three years as assistant defensive line coach.

He recruits student-athletes in Texas and the southwest United States, including Oklahoma and Colorado.

Horan's defensive line helped Harvard claim its 15th Ivy League title in 2013. The squad made up the nation's sixth-best rushing defense (97.3 yards allowed per game), while the Crimson's scoring defense came in at 25th allowing just 22.7 points per game. Harvard recovered 13 fumbles to tie for 15th nationally and lead the Ancient Eight, while Zach Hodges and Norman Hayes landed in the nation's top-16 for forced fumbles. Seven Crimson linemen earned All-Ivy honors including Hodges, who was the recipient of the Asa C. Bushnell Cup, and Joshua Boyd who was a unanmious first-team selection.

In Horan’s first season heading up the defensive line, the group helped Harvard lead the nation in rushing defense (69.4 yards allowed per game) and sacks (4.2 per game). Defensive ends Zach Hodges and John Lyon ’13 ranked among the nation’s top 20 in sacks per game, and three linemen earned All-Ivy honors.

In 2011, defensive tackle Josue Ortiz ’12 was named the Ivy League’s Defensive Player of the Year and was an All-America selection. Harvard’s defense led the Ivies in scoring defense, rushing defense and sacks and ranked among the nation’s top 15 teams in each of those categories.

Since graduating from Bates College in 2005, Horan has coached at four colleges and one high school. He began his coaching career at Stoughton High School, where he worked as an assistant coach under his former head coach, Greg Burke. After one season at Stoughton, Horan moved on to become the tight ends coach at Curry College. During his time at Curry, the Colonels went undefeated in the regular season, captured the New England Football Conference championship and qualified for the Division III playoffs. 

In 2007, Horan was named linebackers coach at Kings Point, and in 2008, he moved to Wagner, where he coached the defensive backs.

At Bates, Horan was a senior captain and a two-time All-New England Small College Athletic Conference selection at safety as well as an All-ECAC pick in 2004.

Horan resides in Brighton, Mass.