SEDALIA—Jefferson City High School will honor State Fair Community College Roadrunners and Lady Roadrunners Head Soccer Coach Eddie Horn by naming its soccer field the Eddie Horn Field at a 7 p.m. ceremony Oct. 7. The dedication will be part of the school’s annual Art Firley Shootout at 179 Soccer Park-Jays Field.
“It is humbling,” said Horn. “I didn’t become a coach for personal recognition. I’ve always said it’s about the players, but this is a very nice honor.”
Horn spent 26 years as a teacher and coach in the Jefferson City School District. He recorded more than 500 victories and led the boys team to winning records in 23 of his 26 seasons. He also started the girls soccer program and lead their team to a third-place finish in the State Final Four in Class Four in 2014.
He served as high school assistant principal from 1999-2007 and taught high school Physical Education from 2007-2015 for the Jefferson City Public Schools. He also taught Physical Education from 1988-1990 and adaptive Physical Education from 1990-1999.
Horn was inducted into the Missouri State High School Soccer Coaches Association Hall of Fame last January and named Coach of the Year by both the Missouri State High School Soccer Coaches Association and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in 2014. He has helped develop four Division I players, one player who was invited to the Women’s National Team training camp and more than 50 student-athletes who continued their playing careers at the college level.
He coached some of the best high school soccer players in the country at the High School All-American Game in December 2013. Horn served as a state Olympic development staff coach and has recruited players who participated in eight European tours. He has coached at numerous Division I soccer camps and served as a clinician at various soccer clinics.
Horn served 15 years as director of coaching for the United Soccer Club where he was responsible for player development curriculum, evaluation and recruitment. He served as the director of the Lake of the Ozarks Soccer Clinic and founded the Central Missouri 7 vs.7 Summer League and the Central Missouri Futsal League.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education in 1988 from Missouri Southern State College, where he finished his playing career after playing one season at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He received a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration in 2001 from Lincoln University.
“When I started at Jefferson City High School, soccer was a new program,” said Horn. “Over time, the program became respected; we played nationally ranked teams, and our facilities improved. All this happened because of the outstanding students and great parents, administrators and boosters. It was more than wins and losses; it was about the relationships formed between those involved with making Jefferson City High School soccer the best it could be.”
SFCC hired Horn in July as the head soccer coach of the Roadrunners and Lady Roadrunners.