Huskers bring back A&M aide Will Bolt as Erstad's successor

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Texas A&M assistant Will Bolt is returning to Nebraska to become the Cornhuskers' head baseball coach.

Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos announced the hiring Friday. Bolt played on Nebraska teams that reached the College World Series in 2001 and 2002 and has been in coaching 16 years.

He's been at Texas A&M five seasons after serving as Nebraska's associate head coach under Darin Erstad from 2012-14. He was a volunteer assistant on the 2005 Nebraska team that went to the CWS. He also was head coach at the junior college level at Texarkana College in Texas from 2008-11.

Bolt signed a five-year contract paying him $300,000 annually.

He replaces Erstad, who resigned June 3 after eight seasons.

Rob Childress quote on Will Bolt heading 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. 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.”