A day after Nebraska's season ended in Oklahoma City, Husker baseball coach Darin Erstad announced he is stepping down.
"I have made the extremely difficult decision to step away from coaching,” Erstad said. “I love this team. I love our staff and I love Nebraska. The bottom line is I do not want to miss seeing our kids grow up. I want to thank our administration and academic staff for all of their support over the last eight years. GBR forever."
Erstad took over the program in 2011 following career in Major League Baseball. He ends his Nebraska tenure with a 267-193-1 record and led the Huskers to the NCAA Tournament in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2019. Nebraska won the regular-season Big Ten title in 2017 and Erstad was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year.
The Huskers opened the Oklahoma City regional with a win over Connecticut, Nebraska's first regional win since 2014. In game two Nebraska took a 5-3 lead into the ninth against host Oklahoma State before falling 6-5 on a three-run homer. The Huskers season ended in a rematch with UConn.
"Darin earned the right to lead this baseball program well into the future, and I was hopeful that would be the case,” Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos said. “Darin loved the opportunity to represent Nebraska every day and did an outstanding job. He’s a Nebraska guy who loves this program and is a proven winner. With all that said, I respect and admire that Darin’s priority now is to spend more time with his family as his children grow up.”