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Message From Coach Erstad:

The NEBRASKA BASEBALL ACADEMY has a passion for this great game of baseball.  Our purpose is to influence the lives of the youth in a positive way.  The Academy will  help do this by teaching all participants how to play the game the right way, developing the unique tools each child has and creating a work ethic that is unbreakable on and off the field.  We will give you the tools to build your foundation as a baseball player and have a blast doing it!

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Darin Erstad

Nebraska Baseball Head Coach

@Dstad17

Darin Erstad was named the head coach of the Nebraska baseball program on June 2, 2011.  A two-time Major League All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner, Erstad spent the 2011 season as a volunteer assistant coach with the Husker program.  One of the most decorated baseball players in program history, Erstad was a first-team All-American and finalist for the USA Baseball GoldenSpikes Award in 1995 before embarking on a 14-year career in Major League Baseball.

Coach Erstad serves as the Manager of the Nebraska Baseball Academy and knows the importance of a solid instructional setting for the participants that register for any of the camps offered through the Nebraska Baseball Academy.  

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Ted Silva

Nebraska Baseball Associate Head Coach

@t12silva

Ted Silva was hired as the Huskers' Pitching Coach on June 17, 2011.  Silva comes to Lincoln from the West Coast where he has spent the past four seasons as the pitching coach at UC Irvine and Loyola Marymount.    A 1995 All-America pitcher at Cal State Fullerton, Silva helped lead UC Irvine to national prominence from 2008-10 when they qualified for three straight NCAA Regionals and won the 2009 Big West Conference title.  Silva was a standout pitcher at Cal State Fullerton from 1993-95 and was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 21st round of the 1995 MLB Draft and spent five seasons in the Rangers organization.

Mike Kirby

Mike Kirby

Nebraska Baseball Assistant Head Coach

@gbrland

Coach Kirby joined the Nebraska staff in August, 2014 as the team's assistant head coach.  He will direct the Husker offense, coach the infielders, oversee base running and coach third base.  Prior to coming to Nebraska, he was on staff at Cal State Fullerton for three years.  He has also coached at Oregon and UNLV.

Jeff Texak

Jeff Tezak

Nebraska Baseball Volunteer Assistant Coach

Jeff Tezak returned to Nebraska as a graduate manager for the 2016 season and will be the Huskers' volunteer assistant coach in 2017.  A native of San Diego (California), Tezak was a three-year letterwinner at Nebraska from 2007-09 and earned second-team All-Big 12 honors in 2007.  Tezak was drafted in the 24th round of the 2009 MLB draft by the Chicago White Sox.  He played in the White Sox organization for two seasons before going on to play and coach baseball in Austria, Australia & Spain over the last five years.  He is currently working on his master's degree in history.

Curtis Ledbetter

Curtis Ledbetter

Director of Baseball Operations
Director, Nebraska Baseball Academy

@Curt_Led

Curtis Ledbetter joined the Nebraska Baseball staff in May, 2008. Curtis graduated from the University of Nebraska in 2005. He played collegiately at Garden City CC (KS) and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. At Nebraska he earned All Big XII honors in 2003-05 and Big XII Tournament MVP in 2005. Ledbetter was drafted by Seattle and played three years of professional baseball.

Thad Weber

Thad Weber

Academy Instructor

Thad is a native of Friend, NE and played for the Huskers as a two-year letter winner (2007-2008) after transferring from Hutchinson CC (KS).  He earned 2nd Team Big 12 honors his senior year while earning his degree in Biological Sciences.  He was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 16th round of the 2008 draft and eventually made his MLB debut with Detroit on April 22, 2012.  He went on to pitch for both the San Diego Padres and Toronto Blue Jays in 2013 before heading to play in Korea in 2014.  Thad is a veteran of 10 professional seasons, most recently in 2017 with Triple-A Albuquerque of the Colorado Rockies organization.  Thad recently accepted a position with the Chicago Cubs as a pro scout.

 Ken Harvey

Ken Harvey

Academy Instructor

Ken played for the Cornhuskers from 1996-1999 and earned first-team All American honors in 1999, leading the Huskers to a Big 12 Tournament title and an NCAA appearance.  He led the nation with a .478 average, while hitting 23 homers and driving in 86 runs.  He was selected in the 5th round of the 1999 MLB Draft by the Kansas City Royals and was an All-Star in 2004.  Ken was on staff as a graduate manager with Nebraska from 2013-15; we are glad to have him on staff with the Nebraska Baseball Academy. 

Renee Brinkmann

Renee Brinkmann

Coordinator, Nebraska Baseball Academy

Renee is beginning her 31st year as Administrative Assistant for the Nebraska Baseball program. Renee also serves as the Academy Coordinator and assists with many day-to-day operations of the Academy. If you have any questions regarding the Nebraska Baseball Academy, please contact her at 402-413-8881 or baseball@bigredacademy.com.