Trev Alberts is now Nebraska's athletic director after more than a decade at UNO.
During his time with the Mavericks, he most notably oversaw the department's transition to Division I. And after having some of the nation's most successful Division II programs — especially in football and wrestling, which did not survive the move up in level — the Mavs have found more success in college's top tier.
Here's a look at how some of the various team sports performed under Alberts' watch since moving up to D-I.
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UNO recorded back-to-back winning seasons in 2013 and 2014, but went 76-134 the next four years. In 2019, the Mavericks had their best season as a D-I program under coach Evan Porter, a former Mav hired in 2017. UNO went 31-24-1, won the Summit League tournament championship and made the D-I tournament for the first time. And in 2021, the program opened its new baseball-softball complex. UNO went 22-25 and 14-12 in conference that season.
Under coach Derrin Hansen, who's been in charge since 2005, the Mavs have twice come within one win of making the NCAA tournament. The program's first winning season as a D-I program came in 2015-16, when the Mavs went 18-14 and 10-6 in the Summit. The next year, UNO reached the league tournament championship but a two-point loss to South Dakota State kept the Mavs from the NCAA tournament. They returned to the conference championship game two years later, but this time lost to North Dakota State. UNO went 5-20 and 3-11 in conference in 2020-21.
Alberts made a change in the program after the 2019-20 season. He hired Carrie Banks, who became the only Black coach of a Division I team in Nebraska. She took over a team that won seven conference games in the previous three seasons. UNO improved slightly in Banks' first season, going 7-13 and 4-8 in the Summit. Then the Mavs made history, becoming the first No. 8 seed in Summit League history to advance to the tournament championship game. The Mavs fell one win shy of making the NCAA tournament.
Alberts embraced hockey as the school's flagship program with the move to Division I, where the program had been competing since the late 1990s. UNO, which made the NCAA tournament first in 2006, did so with Alberts as A.D. in 2011. The Mavs then reached the Frozen Four in 2015. Some down years followed until coach Dean Blais retired in 2017. Alberts hired former Mav Mike Gabinet, and he led UNO back to the NCAA tournament in 2021.
The men's program started in 2011 — with Jay Mims as the coach — but didn't have its first winning season until 2014. The Mavs then won 39 matches in four seasons from 2014-17 and made history in 2017, when they qualified for the NCAA tournament. Mims left after that season, and Alberts hired ex-Creighton coach Bob Warming to replace him. The Mavs went 11-17-5 in Warming's first two season but broke through in 2021. In a pandemic-altered spring season, UNO went 7-3-1 and 5-2-1 in the Summit, qualified for the NCAA tournament then won the first tournament match in school history.
The women's program went 8-5-5 this past season for its first winning season since moving to Division I, and has gone 53-104-21 since 2011.
The program has come within one win of reaching the NCAA tournament three times. The first time was in 2015, when the Mavs went 19-13 and 12-4 in conference before losing to Denver in five sets in the conference championship. The Mavs had another strong season in 2019 under first-year coach Matt Buttermore, who replaced longtime coach Rose Shires. That year, the Mavs went 19-14 and 10-6 in the Summit before again losing to Denver in the conference final. In pandemic-altered 2021, UNO went 13-6 and 12-4 in conference, but lost again to Denver in the conference championship.
UNO's most successful program upon the move to Division I, going 93-41 from 2012-14. The program dipped the next five years though, including a 4-43 mark in 2019. That was the first season under new coach Amanda Eberhart, who then led UNO to a 12-12 record in 2020 before the season was canceled by the pandemic. UNO then went 20-28 and 12-11 in conference in 2021.