LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska announced Wednesday that it has hired former star football player Trev Alberts as its new athletic director.
Alberts, the athletic director at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, will fill the job that opened with the retirement of Bill Moos.
“It is such a tremendous honor to have this opportunity to lead Husker athletics,” Alberts said in a statement released before a news conference at Memorial Stadium. “UNL has incredibly talented coaches and student-athletes, and a fan base like no other program in the country. The future of Big Red is bright. I can’t wait to join the Husker athletics team and get going.”
Alberts, 50, earned All-American honors as a Huskers linebacker, playing from 1990 to 1993, and won the Dick Butkus and Jack Lambert awards as the top college linebacker. He later played for the Indianapolis Colts as the fifth overall pick from the 1994 draft.
After leaving professional football, he became a television and print college football commentator and worked at ESPN. Alberts has been the UNO’s athletic director since 2009.
Moos abruptly announced his retirement last month after three years on the job, with 18 months left on his contract. His departure came as Nebraska’s football program posted four straight losing seasons.
The Huskers made the announcement official at a morning press conference.
"Any AD that comes to the University of Nebraska has to have a fundamental understanding of football," NU Chancellor Ronnie Green said at the event.
"Trev and I share a love of Nebraska, this football program, and this athletic department," said head football coach Scott Frost. "I look forward to working with Trev to continue to build our program.”
“There is only one word that can describe Trev Alberts and his tenure at UNO: Transformative,” UNO Chancellor Joanne Li said. “He oversaw tremendous growth in athletics programs, competitiveness, campus athletics facilities, and critically, academic achievement. The UNO campus community will certainly miss his exceptional talent and skills, yet he will always remain a Maverick."