Horton named USC assistant

USC coach Kevin O'Neill finalized his coaching staff Thursday, announcing the hiring of longtime junior college assistant Dieter Horton as an assistant coach.

Horton coached at Fullerton College and Antelope Valley College for the past 14 seasons, compiling a record of 295-174. His 2006 team at Fullerton went 37-0 and won the state title. Horton, 39, has had at least 30 of his players sign with four-year schools.

"Dieter has a tremendous amount of coaching experience as a head coach and he'll be a valuable addition to our staff," O'Neill said in a statement. "He has produced successful teams wherever he's been. I'm extremely pleased he is joining us."

Horton's hiring comes after O'Neill announced the promotion of Tony Miller from strength and conditioning manager to assistant last month. Neither Horton nor Miller has Division I assistant coaching experience.

O'Neill also announced Thursday that Bob Cantu has been promoted to associate head coach after nine seasons as an assistant with the program. Former assistant Gib Arnold, who was not retained this offseason, became the head coach at Hawaii last month. Wednesday, former USC assistant Phil Johnson, who O'Neill also chose not to retain, accepted an assistant coaching position with UTEP under former USC coach Tim Floyd.

The full Horton release is available here.