Texas A&M assistant baseball coach Will Bolt was named the head coach at Nebraska, according to the Nebraska athletic department.
Bolt, a Nebraska alumnus, completed his fifth season as an assistant coach under Rob Childress, with focuses on the offensive game plan, infield defense and coaching third base. He will become the 24th coach in Nebraska history.
“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 in a statement. “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."
The hiring was first reported by Kendall Rogers of D1Baseball.com
Bolt will sign a five-year contract worth $300,000 annually and he will be formally introduced on June 20, according to Nebraska.
"I couldn’t be more excited for this opportunity for Will, his wife Lauren and his entire family as he goes back to his alma mater for his dream job," Childress said in a statement. "I will be forever thankful to Will and his family for all they’ve done for Texas A&M Baseball the last five seasons, as well as in 2006 and ’07. His leadership helped us accomplish many great things, on the field, in the classroom and in the community. He is going to field a team that is going to be relentless, and he will build something special at the University of Nebraska. I look forward to seeing the great things he accomplishes, adding to his legacy in Lincoln.”
Prior to his current stint, Bolt served as a volunteer assistant coach in Aggieland for the 2006-07 season.
The 39-year-old Bolt led A&M’s offense to national top 25 batting average rankings in 2015 and 2016, peaking at .311 in 2016. Over the last five seasons, A&M has earned a 180-75 record with three regional titles, one SEC Tournament title and a College World Series appearance in 2017.
Bolt played his college ball from 1999 to 2002 at Nebraska, while Childress was an assistant coach under Dave Van Horn. Bolt was a volunteer assistant at Nebraska in 2005 and then worked under Nebraska head coach Darin Erstad as an associate head coach from 2012 to 2014. From 2008 to 2011 he served as the head coach at Texarkana College.
Erstad announced his retirement from coaching on June 3 after eight seasons with the Cornhuskers.
According to the D1Baseball.com report, Nebraska inquired about Childress, as well as former Oregon State head coach Pat Casey.