We have seen several husband/wife, boyfriend/girlfriend pairings cross over into sports, where a spouse or significant other had to cover the goings on of their other half on the field, but how rare is a father/daughter crossover?
We will find out this fall as Abby Hornacek, who did some solid work this summer around the NBA Summer League, has been hired by digital-first outlet 120 Sports, as its new social media and breaking news correspondent. Hornacek is the daughter of new Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek.
“I am thrilled by this new opportunity with 120 Sports and excited to move to such a great sports city like Chicago, a place that holds special meaning for both me and my family,” Hornacek said in a release Wednesday. “I have been in and around sports my entire life and understand the passion and level of interaction fans have. The 120 Sports platform is built for engaging those individuals who play as well as the fans who cheer. I hope to bring both sides together for a great digital experience.”
A graduate of the University of Southern California with a degree in public relations and minor in sports media, she began building her career as a sports anchor and features reporter for Fox Sports Arizona and at the 2015 and 2016 NBA Summer League. Hornacek also served as the San Diego Prep Insider co-host for Fox Sports San Diego and as a freelance reporter for ESPN. Her experience interacting with fans and athletes on-site, in the studio and through social media aligns perfectly to 120 Sports’ mission.
She was also a standout athlete on her own, displaying her skills as a member of the sand volleyball team at USC and training with the USA Volleyball Beach program. In the summer of 2012, she won the USA Junior National Beach Championship 18s and as a member of the USA National Beach Team placed fifth at the USA High Performance Beach Championships.
What will happen if her dad’s team goes off the rails early on? Should be interesting to follow.