Nebraska’s Erstad Won’t Entertain Dodgers
The Nebraska baseball program received some terrific news Sunday morning when head coach Darin Erstad, who was a leading candidate for the Los Angeles Dodgers manager position, announced he had withdrawn from the search and will stay with the Huskers.
Erstad’s announcement doesn’t come as too much of a surprise. News of his involvement and the Dodgers’ interest in him created some serious buzz in the baseball community a couple of weeks ago. However, he was never considered to be someone that would jump at the opportunity without it being a perfect fit for he and his family.
Those two things, along with his intense love for Nebraska, his alma mater, ultimately weighed most in his decision to stay in Lincoln and to choose college over professional baseball.
With Erstad’s decision final, he turns his full attention back to the Huskers, who are preparing for what should be an intriguing 2016 campaign. Erstad, recently finishing his fourth year with the program, has had some ups and downs, but is universally considered to be a talented coach. The Huskers finished his first season with a 35-23 overall record, went 29-30 in 2013 (though finished the season strong), tallied 41 wins in 2014 with a postseason appearance and were expected to be a national contender in ’15, but finished the year with a 34-23 overall record, eight place in what was a historic Big Ten Conference.
Erstad, 41, has compiled a 139-91 overall record in his four seasons with the Huskers.