Former Nebraska pitching coach Ted Silva hired by USC

Nebraska's longtime pitching coach is returning to the West Coast.

Ted Silva is joining USC in the same role, according to a report from InsideUSC. Silva spent the last eight years working with NU pitchers under Darin Erstad and assumed the role as recruiting coordinator later in his time in Lincoln. He's a graduate of Cal State-Fullerton and is from Redondo Beach, California.

The Huskers ranked in the top 100 nationally in earned-run average four times under Silva's watch, topping out at 24th (3.12) in 2015. A rash of arm injuries in 2018 led to a 5.70 average (231st) that marked the low point.

Recruiting also had its ups and downs. The 2018 class — including this year's freshmen — ranked 36th by Perfect Game. NU classes in 2013 (28th) and 2014 (25th) were also strong. But two cycles after that ranked beyond the top 100, and NU missed on or didn't actively pursue multiple in-state prospects who thrived elsewhere.

Nebraska officially announced its full-time staff under coach Will Bolt earlier Wednesday after Erstad resigned earlier this month. Former Sam Houston State assistant Lance Harvell will serve as hitting coach and recruiting coordinator while A&M volunteer assistant Jeff Christy will handle the pitching.​

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