Wiley College head men’s basketball coach Jay Smith has completed his coaching staff by adding Tyler Guidry and Daniel Horton as assistant coaches. They replace Mac McConnell and Curtis Bason Jr.
Guidry is very familiar with the Red River Athletic Conference – as he played for Southwestern Assemblies of God University from 2011-2014. He was a part of four NAIA Tournament qualifiers. He helped the Lions reach the national championship game in 2013. The following season, he helped SAGU win the Sooner Athletic Conference regular season title. Guidry ranks in the top five in career assists. After graduation, he went on to be a graduate assistant at University of St. Thomas-Houston for two seasons. He coached 2016-17 Red River Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year Kennard Robinson – who also was selected to the Second Team All-Conference – 2015-16 RRAC First Team All-Conference selection Craig Grigsby and 2016-17 RRAC Second Team All-Conference selection Paul Taulton.
“He’s very cerebral with his approach,” Smith said. “He’s very detailed oriented when it comes to scouting reports and game plans.”
Horton comes to Wiley College after teaching and coaching at Hallsville Middle School the past two years. He played college basketball at the University of Michigan from 2002-2005. He led them to the National Invitation Tournament championship in 2004 and to the finals in 2006. Horton was the MVP of the 2004 NIT.
During his senior season, he averaged 5.3 assists per game – which ranked 30th in the NCAA. Horton was ninth in free throw percentage at 90.1. He helped the Wolverines win the NIT Championship in 2004 and a runner-up finish in 2006.
After his senior season, Horton was a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award. He was voted to the All-Big Ten Conference First Team by the media and All-Big Ten Second Team by the coaches. He played in 110 games and started a 106. He is the 47th Wolverine to play over 100 games and the 14th to make 100 starts.
Horton ranks second in University of Michigan’s All-Time with 233 made 3-pointers. He is fourth all-time in assists at 484, tied for second with 187 career steals. Horton held the third-longest streak of made free throws in Big Ten History at 42.
At the University of Michigan Basketball Awards Celebration, Horton was named Bill Buntin Most Valuable Player for the second time in his playing career. Horton also won the award in He also earned the Wayman Britt Defensive Player of the Year Award, Gary Grant Award for most assists and the Outstanding Free Throw Shooter and the Iron Man Award.
In his sophomore season in 2003-04, Horton was the National Invitation Tournament Most Valuable Player. He was a preseason All-Big Ten First Team selection.
Horton played two seasons in the NBA Developmental League. In 2006-07, he played for the Los Angeles D-Fenders. In 2007-08, Horton played for the Albuquerque Thunderbirds and averaged 15.5 points and 4.5 assists per game.
“Coach Horton will help in player development,” Smith said. “I feel that is very important in programs.”