Once a star guard at Iowa, Jeff Horner is heading into his second year as head coach of Truman State. Unfortunately, he just got a serious and potentially life-threatening medical diagnosis.
Taking to Twitter this week, Horner announced that he has been diagnosed with testicular cancer.
Via Hawkeye Insider:
"As some of you already know on Tuesday, August 13th of this year, I was diagnosed with testicular cancer along with having cancerous lymph nodes in the groin area... Everything began about two months ago which included surgery, blood tests, CT scans, PET scans, and having a Port put in."
Horner revealed that he plans to begin a 12-week chemotherapy treatment next week. He reassured those concerned by noting there's a very high survival rate.
"The next 12 weeks will probably be the toughest time of my life, but the prognosis is a 98 percent survival rate. My support system has been everything I could ask for and more in this situation. I want to thank everyone out there for being a shoulder to lean on and in 12 weeks you will see me roaming the sidelines once again!"
Jeff Horner started 122 of 123 games in four seasons at Iowa. He was a two-time All-Big Ten selection and was named Most Outstanding Player of the 2006 Big Ten Tournament.
Upon graduating in 2006, Horner tried his hand at professional basketball in Europe. After short stints in Belgium and France, he wound up playing with the Iowa Energy until 2010.
Horner then went into coaching, becoming the head coach of Valley High School before going into college basketball. He joined the North Dakota staff in 2014 and worked there until 2018. He now serves as head coach of the Division II Truman Bulldogs.
We wish Jeff the best of luck as he undergoes his treatment.