July 3, 2015

Former Husker coach named Team USA baseball manager

Dave Van Horn (Courtesy: Wesley Hitt / Arkansas)

Dave Van Horn (Courtesy: Wesley Hitt / Arkansas)

Former Nebraska baseball coach, and current Arkansas head coach, Dave Van Horn has been selected as manager for the 2014 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.

“I couldn’t be more excited and honored to be selected as manager for the 2014 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team,” Coach Van Horn said. “Anytime you have the opportunity to wear the Team USA jersey, it’s an honor and a privilege. Serving as an assistant coach for the team in 2011 was a great experience and I’m excited to put together a great group of coaches and players to represent our country in 2014.”

Coach Van Horn is in his 11th season as the head coach of the Arkansas baseball program.

“We are pleased to announce Dave Van Horn as the manager of the 2014 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team,” said Eric Campbell, USA Baseball General Manager, National Teams. “Dave’s success at the University of Arkansas speaks for itself, and we are thrilled to have him in place as we prepare for next summer.”

In his 25 seasons as a head coach, Coach Van Horn has led his teams to five College World Series appearances, 14 NCAA Tournament appearances, four regular season overall conference titles, three regular season division titles and one conference tournament championship. He is one of 11 coaches in NCAA history to lead multiple programs to the College World Series. Coach Van Horn also won a Division II national title as the head coach at Central Missouri State.

While Coach Van Horn will be making his managerial debut with Team USA, he is no stranger to the Collegiate National Team as he was an assistant coach for the squad in 2011. The 2011 team compiled an 11-2-1 record, which included winning three games against the Japanese Collegiate All-Stars.

During his stint with Nebraska, Van Horn amassed a 214-92 (.699) record, won three consecutive Big 12 Tournament titles and earned Nebraska’s first regular-season conference title in 51 years. He was twice named the American Baseball Coaches Association’s Midwest Region Coach of the Year and posted back-to-back 50-win seasons in 2000 and 2001. In his second season with Nebraska, Van Horn guided his club to its first NCAA Tournament berth in 18 years after it won the Big 12 Tournament, its first title of any kind in nearly 50 years.

The 2014 Collegiate National Team schedule and the remainder of the coaching staff are currently being finalized. An announcement will be made prior to the end of the year and details will be available on USABaseball.com. In 2012, the Collegiate National Team posted a 12-5 record and earned the bronze medal at the Honkbal Week tournament in the Netherlands.

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