The 2013 season represents the third for Chris Van Horn on the UNH coaching staff as defensive tackles coach.
Van Horn helped develop senior Jared Smith into an NFL prospect during the 2012 season. Smith attended the NFL Combine and participated in the Texas vs The Nation All-Star Game after earning a spot on the All-CAA First Team, the All-New England Team, College Sports Journal FCS All-America Team, The Sports Network All-America Third Team and the Beyond Sports Network All-America Third Team. Smith registered 40 tackles, including four sacks, blocked three kicks, broke up four passes, forced two fumbles and recovered a fumble.
In his first season, 2011, Van Horn helped develop a corps of underclassmen in the middle of the ‘Cats defensive front, led by junior Jared Smith (43 tackles, 2.5 sacks) and sophomore Sean McCann (27 tackles, sack).
Van Horn previously spent three seasons (2008-10) at the University of North Carolina. In 2010, he was the on-field defensive graduate assistant for the Tar Heels and worked with the defensive line. During his first two seasons in Chapel Hill, Van Horn served in a quality control position, working with linebackers and the secondary. During his three seasons at North Carolina, the team went to three straight bowl games, culminating in a Music City Bowl victory in 2010.
The Fort Wayne, Ind., native was a three-year letterwinner at St. Francis University in his hometown and began his coaching career at his alma mater, where he worked for three seasons. After two years as a graduate assistant, Van Horn was elevated to the role of defensive line coach for the 2007 season.
During his playing career, Van Horn was an NAIA First Team All-America at defensive end for St. Francis and still holds the school's all-time record for most sacks in a season and career.
Van Horn earned bachelor’s degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education in 2004.