Nebraska coach Darin Erstad has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year for the first time in his career after leading the Huskers to their first Big Ten regular-season title.
Erstad is in his sixth year as the head coach of the Huskers and has guided the Big Red to a 210-137-1 (.605) record during his tenure. Including NU’s first-place finish this season, the Huskers have finished second or better in the Big Ten four times in six seasons. Earlier this year Erstad became just the fifth head coach in program history to total 200 wins and is four wins shy of tying Dave Van Horn for fourth place on the all-time wins list. Erstad is the first Husker baseball coach to be named conference coach of the year since 2005 when Mike Anderson was named Big 12 Coach of the Year.
Six Nebraska players were honored by the Big Ten. Jake Meyers (utility) and Scott Schreiber (designated hitter) were first-team picks, while Angelo Altavilla (shortstop) and Jake Hohensee (starting pitcher) were third-team choices. Third baseman Luke Roskam was an unanimous pick for the All-Freshman team and Ben Miller was Nebraska’s Sportsmanship Award recipient.
The Huskers open postseason play tomorrow at Bart Kaufman Field, when they take on the Purdue Boilermakers in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament at 4 p.m. (CT). The game will be carried live on the Big Ten Network.