Billy Horton is an author, public speaker and professional baseball coach. His heart is to be a great influence in men's lives and encourage them to be the best versions of themselves. Billy has triumphed over adversity throughout his life and wants to let others know they can do the same. His testimony is truly inspirational. His poem "Playing for God" focuses on the giftings that God has given us, and the book "7 Day Fast" discusses the understanding of God's plan for your life through faith and actions. Billy also writes a blog targeted towards men that goes out on Tuesdays.
He has written hundreds of online articles about coaching and has also penned an extensive Coaches' Manual that details every aspect of the game of baseball. This includes coaching philosophies, practice plans, body mechanics, instructional drills as well as offensive and defensive fundamentals. In 2006, he founded Cactus Athletics. This company is dedicated to teaching advanced techniques and foundation based principles of baseball to athletes and coaches of all ages. His company offers camps and clinics, group and private training, video analysis, tools for coaches and they also perform for corporate events.
Billy is a former Minor League Coach with the San Francisco Giants. He worked for them from 2012 to 2019 and was fortunate enough to be a part of the organization during their World Series titles in 2012 and 2014. In his eight years as a coach in the Arizona Rookie League, his teams compiled a .612 winning percentage. Some highlights include winning the AZL Championship in 2013, playing in the league championship series 3 times, making the playoffs 4 times, and setting the league record for wins in 2019. He has also worked in different capacities for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox and Texas Rangers.
Billy is married to Taleen and they have two sons, Connor and Bryce. He was raised in the small town of West Branch, Michigan and moved to Glendale, Arizona in 8th grade. Even though he was cut his freshman year at Cactus High School, he eventually earned a baseball scholarship to play collegiality at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. He went on to play in the Minor Leagues from 1997-2000 for multiple Independent League teams and also attended Spring Training as a player with the Chicago White Sox (1999) and Los Angeles Angels (2000).