When Jordan Horne was going into his sophomore year at Marysville High School, the course of his college future was being charted. He just didn’t recognize it at the time.
During a summer tournament near Lake Erie, assistant coach Tim Priskey of Champion Lacrosse gave Horne a few pointers on how to get off a quicker shot. He advised him to use a C-cut — where the ball is shot with a motion that resembles the letter C — and aiming for the back post of the goal.
The advice paid immediate dividends when Horne scored a goal on his first attempt. And it also paid off in the long term when Priskey, now the head coach at Bethany College in West Virginia, recruited Horne to the Division III school.
“I love the coach,” Horne said. “He’s one of those coaches that will pull you over and explain something to you. He won’t pull you over and yell at you.”
Horne, a 6-foot midfielder, played prep lacrosse for St. Clair United, a team comprised of area players whose high schools don’t have a varsity program. United coach Mark Daniell said it will be a “sad sight” to see Horne missing from the roster next season.
“He was instrumental in keeping this sport going in the area,” Daniell said. “He pushed the heck out of me to get a team in St. Clair. That team was a lot of his doing.”
Describing Horne as a “grinder (and) rugged player” with exceptional stick skills and a “wicked” shot, Daniell sees his former player making an immediate impact for the Bison of Bethany, a program that’s in its fifth year.
Like many programs in the early stages, Bethany hasn’t seen ideal records, but second-year coach Priskey is on a mission to change that one recruiting class at a time. A Michigan native himself, Priskey is not only excited to receive his first Michigan recruit, but also a potential team leader.
“The thing I was looking to do with the first recruiting class was go find kids that have good character,” Priskey said. “(We’re looking for) student first, athlete second while really trying to help change the image and personality of the program.”
Bethany, located near Pittsburgh in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia, competes in the newly organized Ohio River Lacrosse Conference. Horne said he also considered Alma and Asbury colleges.