Husker coaches eager to ‘get started’ with new AD Trev Alberts
LINCOLN, Neb. (KSNB) - “I love this place,” new Husker Athletic Director Trev Alberts said before getting choked up during his introductory press conference. “Sorry about that, didn’t know that was gonna happen. I love the University Of Nebraska.”
The future of Nebraska Athletics is now. Wednesday, the university showcased plenty of pomp and circumstance as they picked Trev Alberts to lead the Huskers going forward. A former star linebacker for the Huskers in the early 90s, turned ESPN college football analyst, turned athletic director for UNO, but now, you can just just call Trev Alberts the new Husker A.D.
He becomes the 14th athletic director in Lincoln, and he says he plans to make the state proud with this appointment.
“I think we have to have an athletic department and coaching staff that really reflects and resembles Nebraskans,” Alberts said. “We didn’t win every game, but boy you better look like you care, you better look like you’re doing it together.”
That goes not only for the teams in Lincoln, but the coaches Alberts will oversee as well, and so far, it looks like things are off on the right foot.
“Huge fan of his growing up and being a die hard Nebraska football fan,” Nebraska men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg said. “Seeing him, he was with the Colts when I was with the Pacers, so that’s as close as we’ve been for as far as being together, but I’m excited about his leadership, and I know he’s going to do great things here.”
Husker football coach Scott Frost echoed Hoiberg’s sentiment, calling it an exciting day for Nebraska athletics. Below is Frost’s entire written statement:
“This is an exciting day for Nebraska Athletics and the University of Nebraska. I commend Chancellor Green and President Carter on an excellent choice for our Athletic Director. Trev Alberts has a great track record of success in whatever he has done, dating back to his playing days through his time leading the UNO athletic department. Trev and I share a love of Nebraska, this football program, and this athletic department. I look forward to working with Trev to continue to build our program.”
Alberts comes into an era of Nebraska sports built on history and a family atmosphere in the athletic department, and given his past with the football program, Husker baseball coach Will Bolt says the hiring seems to be a great fit.
“Trev obviously knows the culture here, and again, in leadership all we can ask for is some transparency and direct communication,” Bolt said.
So, Alberts now gets a few days to get used to his new life and new digs in Lincoln before his first day at the office on Monday, but he knows when that morning shows up, it will be special.
“Well, first of all, I won’t have anybody down by coach and Brook Berringer’s statue to walk me up and show me where to go, so I’m going to have to figure out how to traverse around here,” Alberts joked. “It looks a little different from when I was (last) here.”
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