'The honor of a lifetime': Will Bolt introduced as baseball coach in another Husker homecoming

Will Bolt wants fans to have one thought when watching his team play — "those guys get after it."

The "scrappy" former team captain who twice helped lead the Huskers to the College World Series as a player is now Nebraska's baseball coach. He was officially introduced Thursday during a press conference at Memorial Stadium.

And like it was for Scott Frost and Fred Hoiberg when they returned to Lincoln, Bolt's celebration was more of a homecoming.

"It's the honor of a lifetime for my family and me to return to Lincoln and have the chance to be a head coach," Bolt said. "It's something I can hardly describe. It's something that dreams are made of."

Bolt described the last couple weeks as a "whirlwind." His season at Texas A&M — where he'd been an assistant since 2015 — ended in an NCAA regional. He returned home and was immediately bombarded with questions about the coaching vacancy at his alma mater following the resignation of Darin Erstad.

He eventually got to meet with Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos and as Bolt said, "the rest is history."

"I had interest right away," Bolt said. "This was a no-brainer for me."

Bolt said he's already been in "constant communication" with Erstad. Bolt was an assistant coach for Erstad during his first few seasons at NU, and Erstad was one of the first people Bolt contacted after he accepted the job. He wants Erstad to remain involved in the program, but cheered him for making the decision to spend more time with his family.

"I've learned a lot of about baseball from him," Bolt said. "He's the greatest Husker I know. There's nobody that loves Nebraska more than him. He's a brilliant baseball man and we all know he's a great family man."

Bolt and his coaching staff — assistants Jeff Christy and Lance Harvell were also present Thursday — are still getting settled in Lincoln. They've met with a handful of players who are still in town and have spoken with the rest over the phone.

Bolt said recruiting "started immediately" after he took the job. One of his primary goals will be keeping the best in-state talent close to home.

"This is a great place to play baseball," Bolt said. "We want every kid to think it's cool to be at Nebraska."

And to help achieve that goal, Bolt said it all starts with one simple objective — "winning."

"Whatever that's got to look like. Whatever it takes," Bolt said. "A bunch of guys that are fighters that are gonna scrap. You've got to have talent. If you have talent, and play that way, you're going to win a lot of games."

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