Trev Alberts leaving Nebraska to be Texas A&M’s next athletic director

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – University of Nebraska athletic director Trev Alberts is leaving the Huskers to take the same position at Texas A&M University.

Around 5 p.m. Wednesday, a source within University of Nebraska Athletics confirmed the reports that had been circulating all day and Texas A&M issued a press release announcing the hire. They will have a press conference to introduce Alberts as their new A.D. early next week.

The following email was sent to athletic staff by Alberts Wednesday afternoon.

University of Nebraska Interim President Chris Kabourek issued the following statement Wednesday afternoon:

“A short time ago, Trev Alberts informed me that he has accepted the athletic director position at Texas A&M, effective Friday.

I’m disappointed to see Trev leave, but I am grateful for his 15 years of service to the University of Nebraska. Both the Mavericks and the Huskers achieved great things under Trev’s leadership and we wish him and his family all the best.

We have incredible momentum in Husker Athletics thanks to the hard work and dedication of all our staff, coaches and student-athletes. We will not hit pause. As I’ve said many times, I’ve never been more excited about the future of the University of Nebraska and the opportunities we have to work together toward our vision to compete at the highest levels in all facets. I have full confidence we will find a visionary leader who will build on Trev’s great work and keep the Huskers at the forefront in this changing landscape for college athletics.

In the meantime, my immediate focus is on doing everything I can to support our student-athletes, coaches and staff. I intend to name an interim AD very soon and will quickly begin the process for a national search for our next leader.”

Texas A&M hires Trev Alberts to be their next athletic director.
Texas A&M hires Trev Alberts to be their next athletic director.(Texas A&M University)

Texas A&M President Mark A. Welsh III 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.”

Just before 9 a.m., the Houston Chronicle first reported that Alberts was targeted to become the next Athletic Director at Texas A&M University. The news seemed to take everyone by surprise.

When 10/11 reached out to the University of Nebraska system for a response Wednesday morning, Melissa Lee, the Chief Communications Officer for the University of Nebraska System said, “Trev has not informed President Kabourek that he has accepted another opportunity.” Chris Kabourek has been serving as University of Nebraska interim president since Jan. 1 after Ted Carter left to become president at Ohio State University in Columbus.

When asked about the possible departure of Alberts to Texas A&M, Nebraska Governor – and former Nebraska football player and NU regent – Jim Pillen said, “I love Trev Alberts. Trev Alberts is a leader in collegiate athletics in the United States and from my seat, Trev deserves Nebraska and we need him to be leading our athletic department. We have one of the best athletic departments in the United States. Incredible what we do for 600 student-athletes. It’s important for all of us and from my seat we need to make sure that Trev knows how much we appreciate him and need to keep him here. He’s in demand all over the country.”

Alberts, a Nebraska alum and former All-American Husker football player, signed a new contract in November to keep him at the University of Nebraska through 2031, though the contract had liquidated damage buyouts that Alberts would have to pay to the University if he were to leave for another opportunity. Alberts was making a base salary of $1.7 million at Nebraska with an increase to $2.1 million in 2026. At that time, 10/11 Sports Director Kevin Sjuts sat down with Alberts for a 1-on-1 interview with Alberts saying “I do like my job, I feel incredibly honored to be at the University of Nebraska.”

Texas A&M had been looking to replace Ross Bjork, who left Texas A&M to become the Ohio State Athletic Director in January.

Alberts was announced as Nebraska’s Athletic Director in July of 2021, making a move from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Alberts replaced Bill Moos.

During his time as Athletic Director, Alberts replaced head football coach Scott Frost with Matt Rhule. Alberts also spearheaded the successful ‘Volleyball Day in Nebraska’ in 2023, before the Volleyball team played for a National Championship. He also was also helping lead plans for a major Memorial Stadium renovation. The Nebraska men’s and women’s basketball teams are both preparing for NCAA tournament bids.

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