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Krystle Horton enters her first season as an assistant coach for the Lady Bisons basketball program.
A 2007 graduate of MTSU, Horton was a dominant post presence for the Blue Raiders. She became the only player in school history to win Sun Belt All-Conference honors on either the first, second or third team all four seasons as a player. During her career she scored 1,523 points, shooting over 54 percent from the field for her career. She holds the school record for games played with 129.
In 2009, Horton worked as a graduate assistant for the MTSU women's basketball program. She assisted in the preparation and exchange of game film, on-court teaching and the organization of recruiting, prospects and camp information.
MTSU was the Sun Belt Conference Champion all four years that Horton played.
"Krystle has been a winner her entire career," Lipscomb head coach Frank Bennett said. "She was on the All-Conference team on some level for all four years. She has competed at the national level in AAU and played in an excellent high school program at Riverdale High School in Murfreesboro."
Among the many attributes Horton will add to the Lady Bisons staff, Bennett is especially excited about her ability to recruit top athletes. Khadija J. Head, who was the recruiting coordinator at MTSU, helped involve Horton in recruiting.
"They really tried to prepare her to be a step ahead as a full-time assistant," Bennett said. "Krystle met with most of the recruits when they visited the campus. She was involved in the recruiting plan and was involved with the mailings and all of the things involved with that."
Academically, she also has excelled. She held a 3.9 grade point average as an undergraduate, graduating Summa Cum Laude majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies. She will complete her M.Ed. degree in curriculum and instruction in December 2010. She has a 4.0 GPA in her graduate work.
In addition to her work at MTSU, she also spent two seasons at Blackman Middle School in Murfreesboro, teaching sixth grade math and serving as head girls junior varsity coach and assistant varsity coach. From 2006-2009 she also served as assistant coach for the Tennessee Team Pride AAU team in Smyrna.
"I feel like I can bring something special for this program," Horton said. "I had a few options. It was kind of stressful, but I knew in my heart where I wanted to be. I felt like Lipscomb was the best fit for me."
Horton resides in Murfreesboro.