Third-year skipper Jim Horner – a former Tacoma Rainiers catcher, and Washington State Cougars player – has resigned. Horner is leaving the organization to become an assistant coach at Texas Tech University, where he will work under head coach Dan Spencer. Spencer, who played at Oregon State, was once an assistant coach at Tacoma Community College and served as head coach at Green River CC before eventually landing at Texas Tech. Horner told the Victorville (Calif.) Daily Press that he was making the change for family reasons. "I have four kids that are all under the age of 12, so I’m getting to the point in time when I just can’t take them out of school," he told the paper. "They don’t get to do a lot of things that other kids get to do."Ackley's 'backup' has 32-game hitting streak | Tacoma Rainiers / PCL - The News Tribune This is the first I've heard of this move and I have no idea if this also means that head coach Dan Spencer is merely adding an assistant or replacing one. Here's Horner's Baseball Reference page.