Clifford E. Horton
Horton pictured in The Index 1924, Illinois State yearbook
Biographical details
Born(1892-12-31)December 31, 1892
Shelton, Washington
DiedApril 14, 1981(1981-04-14) (aged 88)
Normal, Illinois
Alma materClark University
Indiana University
New York University
University of California
Springfield College
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1923–1924Illinois State
1923–1925Illinois State
1924–1932Illinois State
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1923–?Illinois State
Head coaching record
Overall4–8–4 (football)
8–20 (basketball)
43–61 (baseball, excluding Clark)

Clifford Emory "Pop" Horton (December 31, 1892 – April 14, 1981) was an American football, basketball, and baseball coach. He was the ninth head football coach at Illinois State Normal University—now known as Illinois State University—in Normal, Illinois, serving for two seasons, from 1923 to 1934, and compiling a record of 4–8–4.[1]

Horton graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, where he participated in athletics. He then attended the International YMCA College—now known as Springfield College—in Springfield, Massachusetts, earning a Bachelor of Physical Education degree. Horton then did graduate work for a master's degree at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he also coached baseball.[2][3][4] He founded the Gamma Phi Circus in 1929 as a gymnastics fraternity. Horton retired from the university in August 1961.[5]

Horton was born on December 31, 1892, in Shelton, Washington. He married Garnetta E. Scheid on June 15, 1921, in Madison, Wisconsin. Horton died on April 14, 1981.[6]

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Illinois State Redbirds (Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1923–1924)
1923 Illinois State 2–4–2 2–3–2 14th
1924 Illinois State 2–4–2 2–4–2 T–16th
Illinois State: 4–8–4 4–7–4
Total: 4–8–4


  1. ^ Illinois State Coaching Records Archived November 26, 2005, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Clifford E. Horton Named Athletic Chief At Normal". The Pantagraph. Bloomington, Illinois. May 30, 1923. p. 9. Retrieved August 12, 2019 – via open access.
  3. ^ "The Index". Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  4. ^ "The Index". Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  5. ^ Marshall, Helen E. (1967). "The Eleventh Decade". Illinois State University History Books. Illinois State University. p. 50. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  6. ^ "Dr. Clifford E. Horton". The Pantagraph. Bloomington, Illinois. April 16, 1981. p. D4. Retrieved August 12, 2019 – via open access.