Trev Alberts, the only Butkus Award winner in Nebraska’s football history is coming to help save their faltering program. After 12 years as UNO’s athletic director, he looks forward to stepping into one of his most successful roles yet and will be replacing Bill Moos who stepped down this week after four seasons with a losing record.
After a 12-year administrative tenure at UNO, Trev Alberts is leaving the university to take over Nebraska’s athletic department. The position was left vacant after Bill Moos retired with 18 months left on his five-year contract and just four years removed from posting consecutive football-winning seasons for the first time in decades.
The most decorated player in Husker’s history has high hopes of restoring both NU’s athletics program as well as their once proud football team that he so successfully ran during his playing days here thirty years ago.
UNO has waited 10 years for a Division I football program, and it finally got its man.
The school cut the football team as part of an effort to reach D-I status in 2006, but now that Nebraska is open for business again after firing Shawn Eichorst last week they have their new head coach lined up already: New Orleans native Mike Alberts who was UNO’s athletic director from 2002 until his retirement in 2016 when he stepped down at age 60.
“It is such a tremendous honor to have this opportunity to lead Husker athletics,” Alberts said in a statement. “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.”
Chancellor Ronnie Green, who hired Alberts after a 2½-week search praised his passion for Nebraska and college athletics.
“He knows how to help build competitive, winning programs and is committed to long-term success,” Green said in a statement. “He knows how to navigate the complex financial aspects of a media-driven business. He remains a student-athlete at heart and prioritizes student success, on and off the playing field. I am so pleased to welcome this Husker back home to Husker Nation.”
University of Nebraska President Ted Carter said Alberts “understands the special role that Husker athletics plays in the state.”
“And he knows firsthand the discipline and hard work necessary to compete with the best,” Carter said in a statement. “I’m thrilled that we have found someone in the Nebraska family to lead our student-athletes, coaches, and staff forward.”
The Big Ten Media Days is an annual event to preview the upcoming season. The new Nebraska athletic director, Bill Alberts will be on hand for his first public duty in this position with Scott Frost there as well. Along with winning at a high level while he was here before, one of their most important tasks will be to keep up that tradition and work hard towards achieving it again soon!
In 1993, Alberts posted one of the best defensive seasons in school history when he had 96 tackles, 21 for loss, and 15 sacks as a rush end. He was named a first-team All-American, the Butkus Award winner, and an Academic All-American but saved his best performance to last with three sacks against Florida State despite being injured himself.
In the 2020s, Alberts was a successful college football analyst. In 2019, he returned to his alma mater as UNO’s athletic director after an injury-riddled career in the NFL crippled him with debt and left him at social welfare levels of poverty. His salary: $255K per year (compared to Moos’ annual pay).
- Mike Alberts is the former athletic director at UNO and knows how to build competitive programs
- Experience: Has been an analyst for college football games on ESPN and ABC, won a Butkus Award and Academic All-American with three sacks against Florida State in 1993.
- Passion for Nebraska: Mike has never forgotten his roots in Nebraska and has always wanted to come back home since he moved away thirty years ago.
- Events Happening Soon: I Will be present when Bill Moos is retiring so there will be no time lost during the transition as well as being present when Scott Frost is honored by the Big Ten media days!
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