J. Webb Horton
J. Webb Horton is in his sixth year as an Assistant Athletic Director and head coach of the men’s tennis program at Florida Gulf Coast University. Horton was named to the position by athletic director Carl McAloose in August 2001.
Horton has led the Eagles to a 42-16 mark in his first three seasons, including a school-record 17 wins in 2003-04, and coached a two-time ITA All-American. FGCU has been consistently ranked in the top-25 under Horton’s tutelage.
Under his direction, FGCU hosted the 2004 Intercollegiate Tennis Association national singles championships for men and women in Division II, Division III, NAIA and junior college divisions.
In addition to his coaching duties, Horton also coordinates the community relations effort of the FGCU athletic department. Through partnerships with area schools, the Eagles Math Program and Elementary Reading Program have been popular with Southwest Florida youngsters, touching the lives of over 10,000 elementary school children in the last three years.
Horton was selected as national winner of the United States Tennis Association / Intercollegiate Tennis Association Community Service Award in 2004. The award honored Horton for his significant contributions to developing community-based tennis program in Southwest Florida. He has assisted with the USTA’s First Serve Program, which benefits at-risk minority children (ages 4-14); the 2004 USA Deaf Tennis Olympic Trials; the Lee County Community Tennis Association's (LCCTA) USA Tennis Month Rally; USA School Tennis Carnivals; "Tennis on the Move" events to encourage recreational tennis participation; and a USA Team Tennis Rallyball Event for area children.
Horton, who was also the award recipient for the USA Tennis Florida section, also serves on the Board of Directors for the Lee County Community Tennis Association and is a member of the USA Tennis Florida Diversity Task Force.
Prior to joining FGCU, Horton served as the head coach of women’s tennis and Diversity Outreach at Northern Kentucky University. In 2000-01, Horton led NKU to a 16-3 mark, including 9-0 against Division II competition, winning the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Horton was the 2001 GLVC Coach of the Year.
He also spent four seasons as the Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach at Indiana University – Purdue University at Fort Wayne. He also served as an admissions office counselor at IUPU Fort Wayne. He began his college coaching career at St. Francis University in Fort Wayne, directing the team to four straight NAIA National Championships. He was named the District 18 Coach of the Year in 1985.
Horton, a 1970 graduate of Edinboro State University in Pennsylvania with a degree in political science/pre-law, now resides in Fort Myers.