Lance's Journal: Husker Greats Lead NU Baseball, Jan. 18

Who says you can't go home? Some big changes at Haymarket Park have given two Husker greats the chance to lead the baseball program at their alma.

Maybe it's just the Nebraskan in me, but i just love it when former Huskers that were born and raised outside the state choose to return to their Big Red roots and live their lives in Lincoln.

Darin Erstad is a Jamestown, North Dakota native that retired from major league baseball and he could have lived anywhere he wanted.

And Will Bolt is a proud Texan that had returned to the Lone Star State and was enjoying life as a small college head coach. But, as it turns out they both still bleed Husker red.

After 14 years in the major leagues, Darin returned to Lincoln last year as a volunteer coach and he's glad to be back in Nebraska, "It's the Midwest blue collar mentality. My wife and I were both raised Midwestern people and she's from Nebraska and we just sat down and thought about where we wanted our kids to grow up and just ended up right here."

Will Bolt left his job as the head coach at Texarkana College to become Darin's right hand man, "It's about the University, it's about the state, we have a 2 year old son now and Lincoln is an unbelievable town in terms of public schools and where you want to raise your kids."

Darin is thrilled to be the head Husker, "It means everything. I couldn't imagine in a million years that I'd have this opportunity. I got to play pro ball for a little while but my best memories are still of college and some of my best friends are still from college."

And the man who set the all-time record for games played at Nebraska is also glad to be back, "This is where the best memories of my life have been at Nebraska. Having the opportunity to put the n on your head again and on your chest again it's an amazing feeling."

The Erstad Era will officially get underway a week from Friday when the Huskers begin practice. And then 3 weeks later, they'll take their show on the road and get their season started by playing a 3-game series against Gonzaga in Peoria, Arizona.


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