Bolt third former Texarkana College baseball coach to take over D1 program

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Texarkana College players celebrate after winning the 2010 conference championship during Will Bolt's third season as head coach for the Bulldogs.


It seems Will Bolt is playing musical chairs with two other former Texarkana College baseball coaches.

Will Bolt is new head baseball coach at Nebraska. Photo courtesy of Texas A&M University.

The 39-year-old Bolt is the new head baseball coach for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. He spent the last five years as an assistant for Rob Childress at Texas A&M. Childress was an assistant for Dave Van Horn in the early 1990s at Texarkana College. When Van Horn left Texarkana, Childress became the Bulldogs’ head coach.

Today, Van Horn is the Arkansas Razorbacks head coach, after leading Nebraska to back-to-back World Series. Childress continues is success in College Station, and now Bolt is a peer with the Cornhuskers.

“The opportunity to come back home to Nebraska, and lead the Husker baseball program is such a blessing and honor for my family and me,” he said in a press release. “It’s such an exciting time in Husker athletics with the foundation laid by (Athletic Director) Bill Moos. There’s also the success Coach Darin Erstad and his staff have had on the field.”

Bolt played at Nebraska for Van Horn

The former Cornhusker player was a 4-year starter and team captain for Van Horn. In 2005 he was a volunteer coach at Nebraska, going to Texas A&M in 2006. Bolt was named Texarkana College’s head coach in 2008, compiling an impressive 140-82 record in four seasons. The Bulldogs won the 2010 conference championship.

Local players played big roles for the Bulldogs during Bolt’s years in Texarkana. Some of those players includes current Liberty-Eylau coach Zach Fowler, John Stilson, Jon Phillips D.D. Bigham, Reid Peavy, David Allday, Caleb Adams. There were others, too.

A native of Conroe, Texas, Bolt returned to Nebraska as an assistant to Erstad, who resigned this month, and was replaced his former assistant.

Bolt-coached teams are known for their offensive firepower.