Assistant Coach (DT)
St. Francis, 2004
Chris Van Horn is in his third season with the SFA coaching staff, handling the responsibility for the ‘Jacks defensive tackles.
Under Van Horn’s guidance, SFA’s defensive tackles again were one of the strengths of the team in 2015, led by three veteran seniors in Lance Skyler, Donald Bryant and Shayvion Hatten. Combined, the trio recorded 76 tackles with eight tackles and a pair of sacks and helped make SFA’s defensive front one of the most experienced and formidable in the Southland Conference.
One of the strengths of the Lumberjack team in 2014, SFA’s defensive tackles were a key force for the Lumberjack defensive unit in 2014 as the ‘Jacks held opponents to 186.6 rushing yards and 222 passing yards per game. Juniors Donald Bryant and Lance Skyler were both named All-SLC honorable mention selections, combining for 15.5 tackles for loss and nine sacks as SFA ranked among the nation’s top-20 in both categories.
Van Horn joins the SFA staff after spending three seasons at the University of New Hampshire where he took over the responsibility of the Wildcat defensive tackles. During his time at UNH, the Wildcats captured the 2011 CAA title and continued their streak of 10-straight NCAA postseason appearances, advancing to the FCS semifinals in 2013.
Prior to his time in Durham, Van Horn spent three seasons at the University of North Carolina, working under head coach Butch Davis as the Tar Heels made three-straight bowl appearances during that span.
A native of Fort Wayne, Ind., Van Horn was a first-team All-American at defensive end for St. Francis University, holding the school’s all-time record for sacks in a season and career, and spent three seasons as an assistant coach for his alma mater from 2005-07.
The Van Horn File
Hometown: Fort Wayne, Ind.
High School: Snider
College: St. Francis, 2004
Playing Experience: Three-year starter at defensive end; First team All-American in 2004
2014-Present: Stephen F. Austin • Defensive Tackles
2011-13: New Hampshire • Defensive Tackles
2008-10: North Carolina • Defensive line/linebackers
2005-07: St. Francis • Graduate assistant/defensive line