Texas A&M will hire a new athletic director

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Texas A&M President Mark A. Welsh III has named Trev Alberts as his new director of athletics — an All-American University of Nebraska football player who has served in AD roles in Nebraska for the past 15 years.
Alberts, a former first-round NFL draft pick and ESPN broadcaster, has been the director of athletics at the University of Nebraska since 2021.
He moved to Lincoln after serving 12 years as the AD at University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he transitioned the athletic program from Division II to Division 1, while leading an overhaul of its athletic facilities.
Welsh said Alberts’s strong business acumen, range of experience and leadership abilities make him the ideal choice to oversee A&M Athletics, which has more than 650 student-athletes competing in the Southeastern Conference in 20 varsity sports.
“With Trev’s expertise, the Aggies are poised to not only excel on the fields, tracks and courts, but also successfully navigate the multi-faceted intersection of sports, commerce and student-athlete empowerment,” Welsh said.
“He has a profound understanding of the intricate business of athletics and the evolving landscape of college athletics, particularly in the realm of Name, Image and Likeness (NIL).”Welsh added: “I can’t imagine a better individual to lead the Aggie Athletics program into the future.”Ross Bjork, who was hired in 2019 as Texas A&M’s A&M’s athletic director, announced in January that he was taking the same role at Ohio State University.
Within a week, Welsh appointed David “Dave” Dunlap, a former student and past chair of the 12th Man Foundation Board of Trustees, along with six other committee members, to conduct a national search for the next director of athletics.
On Wednesday afternoon, Alberts extended his appreciation to the committee and President Welsh, saying he’s looking forward to collaborating with student-athletes and the 12th Man.
“From my perspective, there has never been a more consequential time in history for higher education and the evolving landscape of intercollegiate athletics,” Alberts said.
“Leadership matters now more than ever before.
My interest in Texas A&M is not only due to its prestigious reputation but also because of President Welsh’s compelling vision in which, I believe, Athletics can play a small but important role in helping Texas A&M achieve unprecedented success.”Leaving his beloved alma mater will be bittersweet, Alberts said.
“I truly want to express my gratitude to the University of Nebraska — the school and its fans have been and always will be immensely important to me,” he said.
“Nebraska changed my life, and I’m thankful for the incredible 15 years I spent here.”Interim Athletic Director R.C.
Slocum said he’s looking forward to seeing where Alberts takes the A&M program.
“I want to welcome Trev and his family to Aggieland,” said Slocum, who is the all-time winningest football coach in Texas A&M history and now serves as special assistant to the A&M president.
“I want to thank President Welsh, and also the committee led by Dave Dunlap for their thorough and tremendous efforts in selecting Trev Alberts to lead our student-athletes, coaches and staff.”While playing for Coach Tom Osborne’s Cornhuskers in the early 1990s, Alberts was recognized as the nation’s top college linebacker and named as Nebraska’s first Butkus Award winner.
He also received All-American honors.
He was selected in the first round as the fifth overall pick in the 1994 NFL draft and played for the Indianapolis Colts for three years before injuries prompted him to retire.
Alberts transitioned with ease from athlete to broadcaster, initially working as a contributor at CNN and Sports Illustrated before being hired at ESPN where he was an analyst for College GameDay.
In 2009, he was named director of athletics for the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks program, where many student-athletes found success not just through competition but also academics.
Alberts said he concentrated on the student-athlete experience, which resulted in consistent collective semester grade point averages above 3.3 (on a 4.0 scale) for 18 consecutive semesters.
He was lauded for expanding the program, while raising private funds to pay for upgrades to facilities.
He was hired in 2021 as the athletic director at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, which is where he graduated from prior to playing his final semester of college football.
His fundraising endeavors to improve facilities continued to be successful.
A $450 million renovation of the football stadium is expected to break ground this fall.
Alberts also oversaw a comprehensive, new 15-year multimedia rights agreement between the university and Playfly Sports, which is a sports marketing, multimedia and technology leader.
The deal is valued at $301 million over the life of the contract.
Athletic achievements at Nebraska in 2022-23 include Top 10 finishes in NCAA wrestling, rifle, bowling, women’s outdoor track and field, men’s gymnastics

The president of Texas A&M, Mark A. Trev Alberts, an All-American football player from the University of Nebraska who has held AD positions in Nebraska for the previous 15 years, has been appointed by Welsh III as his new director of athletics.

The University of Nebraska’s director of athletics since 2021 is Alberts, an ESPN broadcaster and former first-round NFL draft selection. After twelve years as the athletic director at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he oversaw the renovation of the school’s athletic facilities and helped move the athletic program from Division II to Division 1, he relocated to Lincoln.

More than 650 student-athletes compete in 20 varsity sports for A&M Athletics, and Welsh said that Alberts’s broad experience, strong business acumen, and leadership qualities make him the perfect choice to lead the program.

Welsh stated, “With Trev’s experience, the Aggies are ready to succeed not just on the fields, tracks, and courts, but also in the complex nexus of sports, business, and student-athlete empowerment.”. “He possesses a deep comprehension of the complex business of sports and the changing college athletics scene, especially with regard to Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL).”. “.

“It is hard to envision a more suitable person to guide the Aggie Athletics program into the future,” Welsh continued. “.

Ross Bjork, who was appointed athletic director of Texas A&M in 2019, declared in January that he would be taking on the same position at Ohio State University. Welsh assigned six other committee members and former student David “Dave” Dunlap, who chaired the 12th Man Foundation Board of Trustees, to lead a nationwide search for the next director of athletics in less than a week as their replacement.

Alberts expressed gratitude to President Welsh and the committee on Wednesday afternoon, stating that he was looking forward to working with student-athletes and the 12th Man.

“It’s my belief that this is the most significant moment in history for both intercollegiate athletics and higher education in general,” Alberts stated. “Now more than in the past, leadership matters. My fascination with Texas A&M stems not only from its esteemed standing but also from President Welsh’s inspiring outlook, according to which athletics can contribute in a minor but significant way to Texas A&M’s pursuit of unparalleled achievements. “.

According to Alberts, leaving his cherished alma mater will be bittersweet.

“The University of Nebraska and its supporters have been and will continue to be extremely important to me, so I sincerely want to express my gratitude to them,” he said. “My life was transformed by Nebraska, and I am grateful for the amazing 15 years I spent here. “.

R.C, Interim Athletic Director. Slocum expressed excitement about where Alberts will lead the A&M program.

Speaking as the most successful football coach in Texas A&M history and current special assistant to the president, Slocum said, “I want to welcome Trev and his family to Aggieland.”. “I would like to express my gratitude to President Welsh and the Dave Dunlap-led committee for their meticulous and outstanding work in choosing Trev Alberts to be the leader of our student-athletes, coaches, and staff. “.

Alberts was named the first Butkus Award winner from Nebraska and the top college linebacker in the country while he was a player for Coach Tom Osborne’s Cornhuskers in the early 1990s. All-American honors were also bestowed upon him. He was the fifth overall pick in the first round of the 1994 NFL draft, and he spent three seasons as a player with the Indianapolis Colts before retiring due to injury.

After making the smooth transition from athlete to broadcaster, Alberts first contributed to Sports Illustrated and CNN before landing a job at ESPN as a College GameDay analyst.

The University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks program, where he was named director of athletics in 2009, produced a number of student-athletes who excelled in both academics and competition. According to Alberts, his focus was on the student-athlete experience, which produced 18 straight semesters of consistently higher collective semester grade point averages than a 3 point three (on a 4-point scale). He received praise for growing the program and obtaining private funding to upgrade the facilities.

Before he played his final semester of college football, he graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he was hired in 2021 as the athletic director. He kept up his successful fundraising efforts for facility upgrades. Excitement is high for this autumn’s $450 million football stadium renovation. A comprehensive, new 15-year multimedia rights agreement between the university and Playfly Sports, a leader in sports marketing, technology, and multimedia, was also overseen by Alberts. Throughout the term of the contract, the deal is worth $301 million.

In 2022–2023, Nebraska’s athletes achieved success in the NCAA wrestling, rifle, bowling, women’s outdoor track and field, men’s gymnastics, and men’s indoor track and field, all placing in the top ten. Under a first-year coach, the Nebraska men’s track team won the Big 10 outdoor championship. In the fall of 2022, Alberts also hired the team’s new head football coach. 92,000 people attended Memorial Stadium on “Volleyball Day in Nebraska,” which was organized by Alberts and marked the highest attendance for a women’s sporting event in the history of the state.

Alberts’s efforts helped student-athletes at the University of Nebraska succeed in the classroom. They have had a school-record 95 percent graduation rate in all sports for the last two years.

Three children, Ashtynne, Breanna, and Chase (along with his wife Cassie), are the offspring of Alberts and his spouse Angela. Walker John is the only grandson of Trev and Angela.

We will plan a press conference for early next week.

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