Bolt, Van Horn reunite ahead of NCAA Fayetteville Regional

Will Bolt and Dave Van Horn chat prior to the NCAA Fayetteville Regional.
Will Bolt and Dave Van Horn chat prior to the NCAA Fayetteville Regional.(Courtesy: Nebraska Athletics)
Published: Jun. 3, 2021 at 11:20 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 11:39 PM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Twenty years after leading Nebraska to its first appearance in the College World Series, Dave Van Horn and Will Bolt are together again. But this time as opposing head coaches.

Bolt’s Cornhuskers, who won the Big Ten regular season championship, are in Fayetteville this weekend for NCAA Regionals. The Huskers are the #2 seed, while Van Horn’s Razorbacks are favored to win the 2021 CWS championship.

“I don’t particularly like playing former players and friends and coaches,” Van Horn said. “There’s always one of us that isn’t going to be real happy at the end of the day.”

Bolt and Van Horn spent time together on Thursday at Baum-Walker Stadium. The two congratulated each other on their seasons, while looking ahead to this weekend’s games.

“It was good to see him,” Bolt said. “He was a great coach. I loved playing for him. He demanded a lot and we won a lot.”

Bolt, who’s in his second season coaching his alma mater, admits many of Van Horn’s principles apply to the way he manages his team. The Huskers are extremely aggressive on the base paths and rank among the best fielding teams in the country.

Fans often compare Bolt’s quick success to Van Horn’s at Nebraska. Bolt was recently named the Big Ten Coach of the Year.

Nebraska opens the NCAA Tournament on Friday against Northeastern. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. It will be live streamed on ESPN3.

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