D1 Baseball is reporting (and the athletic department has now confirmed) that Nebraska will hire Will Bolt as the next head coach for baseball.
BREAKING: @Husker_Baseball has hired former standout player and assistant coach Will Bolt as its new head coach. Bolt spent the last five seasons at @AggieBaseball and is beloved in Lincoln. He’s headed home.#GBR #B1Ghttps://t.co/J3ZuMPtnop— Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) June 14, 2019
If memory serves, Bolt was in consideration for the head job when Darin Erstad was hired eight years ago and was eventually hired by Erstad as associate head coach. Prior to that, he spent four seasons as head coach at Texarkana junior college. He left the Huskers in 2015 to become an assistant at Texas A&M under Rob Childress. The Aggies made a College World Series appearance in 2017.
As a player, Bolt was a four-year starter at Nebraska and team captain for the 2001 and 2002 Huskers College World Series teams (source: Huskers.com bio).
Here is the statement from the Nebraska Athletic Department regarding the new hire:
One of the catalysts in Nebraska baseball’s rise to national prominence in his playing days, Will Bolt returns to his alma mater as head coach. Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos named Bolt the 24th head coach of the Husker baseball program on Friday.
Bolt brings 16 years of coaching experience to the Nebraska program, including five seasons on the Husker baseball staff and four years as a head coach at Texarkana College.
Bolt served as Nebraska’s Associate Head Coach under Darin Erstad from 2012 to 2014 and also was a volunteer assistant on the 2005 Husker team that reached the College World Series. As a player or coach, Bolt has been a part of all three of Nebraska’s College World Series teams and all four Super Regional squads.
Bolt returns to Lincoln after spending the past five seasons on the Texas A&M staff where he helped the Aggies to five straight NCAA regional appearances and a trip to the 2017 College World Series.
“The opportunity to come back home to Nebraska and lead the Husker baseball program is such a blessing and honor for my family and me,” Bolt said. “It is such an exciting time in Husker athletics with the foundation laid by Bill Moos within the athletic department, and the success Coach Erstad and staff have had on the field.
“My family and I have the fondest affection for the Huskers and the city of Lincoln, and truly cannot wait to become part of the Husker family again!”
The native of Conroe, Texas, had his first association with the Nebraska program as a player for the Huskers from 1999 to 2002. A member of Dave Van Horn’s first recruiting class at Nebraska, Bolt played on four NCAA regional teams and captained the Huskers’ first two College World Series teams in 2001 and 2002. Bolt finished his Husker playing career with school records in games played (251), games started (242), at-bats (922), hits (281), doubles (56) and assists (639).
“Will Bolt has been a winner at every stop he has made as a coach and player, and I am proud to welcome him back to Lincoln as our next head baseball coach,” Moos said. “Will was a part of the most successful teams in the history of our baseball program, and he knows what it takes to win here.
“Will has proven to be an outstanding recruiter wherever he has coached. He understands the appeal of Nebraska and everything our baseball program and University has to offer to student-athletes.”
Bolt and his wife, Lauren, have two sons, Jaxon and Austin, and one daughter, Bella. Bolt has signed a five-year contract that will pay him $300,000 annually.
Keith will update you with more - after he is done driving home from work.