A quarter-century after he last played a game at Nebraska and a decade after he completed his major league baseball career, Darin Erstad is achieving another dream: getting a degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Erstad, the former Husker baseball star and the program’s coach for eight seasons, is among 66 current and former student-athletes graduating Saturday in a virtual commencement that features volleyball coach John Cook as the main speaker.
Erstad, who also punted on the 1994 national championship football team, will receive his degree in business administration. He completed that in the year after he resigned as baseball coach to spend more time with his family.
He’ll be joined by another Husker baseball star, Dan Johnson, a first-team All-American in 2001 after hitting a school-record 25 home runs.
Johnson, who spent 10 years in the majors, was a student-assistant on the 2020 team, which saw its season cut short by the coronavirus. Nebraska also altered its commencement ceremonies as a result of the pandemic, moving to a virtual platform.
Twelve Husker football players will graduate Saturday, including Noah Vedral, who announced he’ll leave the program as a graduate transfer. Other graduates are Andrew Bunch — also transferring — along with Damion Daniels, JoJo Domann, Matt Farniok, Todd Honas, Harrison Martin, John Raridon, Matt Snyder, Jack Stoll, Mike Williams and Jaron Woodyard.