- Vice Chancellor for Athletic Leadership and Management
- Director of Intercollegiate Athletics
- Website: Athletics Administration and Staff
BackgroundAlberts’ prior accomplishments are no secret in the state of Nebraska. One of the most decorated defensive players in University of Nebraska history, Alberts became the Huskers' first Butkus Award winner in 1993, capping one of the finest seasons in history by an NU defensive player.
As a senior co-captain, the Cedar Falls, Iowa, native led the Huskers to an undefeated regular season and an Orange Bowl appearance against Florida State. That year, he was the Big Eight defensive MVP and was named a first-team All-American by every major publication and was named the Football News National Defensive Player of the Year, Big Eight Defensive Player of the Year and the Big Eight Male Athlete of the Year. His No. 34 jersey was retired at the 1994 Spring Game.
Off the field, Alberts was equally honored, earning the NCAA's highest honor, The Today's Top Six Award, in 1993. A three-time academic All-Big Eight honoree, Alberts was a CoSIDA Academic All-American in 1993. He graduated from Nebraska before his senior season.
Alberts was the fifth pick in the 1994 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts and played for the Colts until 1996. He has served as an analyst on college and professional football games for major national networks.
In the Community and at UNOAlberts has secured considerable human and material resources to enhance the student-athlete experience, and those efforts have paid off in the continuing achievement of UNO athletes in their academic pursuits. Maverick student-athletes continue to perform above their peers with consistent collective semester grade point averages above 3.3 and have reached some of the best GPAs in school history. The improvement has come as the result of Alberts-led initiatives such as the construction and staffing of the Hamilton Academic Excellence Room and the development of the Ethel S. Abbott Student-Athlete Development Wing.
Those two facilities projects within Sapp Fieldhouse are just two of several initiatives under Alberts’ leadership. The Mavericks renovated their former football stadium into an all-weather soccer pitch that serves as the on-campus home for UNO’s men’s and women’s soccer programs. The field earned a prestigious FIFA Recommended 2-Star certification, the highest synthetic turf rating from the international governing body of soccer, when it opened.
Alberts also directed efforts to secure community support and funding to build the Baxter Arena on the Chili Greens area at 67th and Center Streets, part of UNO’s south campus. The arena, which opened in 2015, serves as the first on-campus home for the UNO hockey team and also is the home of men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball. In addition, it is the focal point for numerous campus events, concerts, recreation and community events.
In addition, Alberts and his team led Omaha Athletics into a partnership with Learfield, previously Nelligan Sports Marketing, a national leader in the marketing of collegiate athletics, and developed Omaha Sports Properties. As the exclusive corporate sponsorship sales unit for UNO Athletics, Omaha Sports Properties is poised to further enhance revenue for the Mavericks and increase brand prominence locally, regionally and nationally.
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