Hot Board: The Candidates

It's quite clear, after just 48 hours of a baseball coaching search, a couple names are emerging as the EARLY likely top candidates for the job.

Monday seemed to be a day where early names were thrown out, but Tuesday has been a day where the bigger names have been examined.

The two biggest names now being thrown out with interest in the job is South Carolina Associate Head Coach Chad Holbrook and Arkansas Assistant Head Coach Todd Butler.

Make sure to check back frequently for updates.

Will Bolt | Texarkana College -- Head Coach
The former Nebraska infielder and assistant coach has guided the Texarkana College Bulldogs to two straight Region XIV conference championships. In his 4th year, Bolt has already had 20 players go on to sign with D-1 teams. A four-year starter and team captain on Nebraska's 2001 and 2002 College World Series teams, he finished his career holding six school records, including games played (251), games started (242), at-bats (922), hits (281), doubles (56) and assists (639) and ranked among the school's top 10 in several other categories.

Ed Servais | Creighton -- Head Coach
Leaving Creighton might be hard for Servais, considering what he has built in Omaha and the fact that the Blue Jays play in the new ballpark. With two 40-win seasons on his resume, he's definitely got the credentials to make the jump. The Bluejays are one of just 10 schools in the Midwest to earn four or more NCAA Regional berths in the last 12 years, and only the second in the MVC along with Wichita State.

Darin Erstad, | Nebraska / Former MLB Player -- Volunteer Coach
With only one year of coaching experience, it's hard to believe Erstad could land the job, but don't underestimate his Major League experience. While the bats didn't exactly get going in 2011 under the direction of the former Husker, his name power would be a major bonus with recruiting quality players to Lincoln. In 14 seasons with the Angels, White Sox, and Astros, he made two All-Star teams and won three gold gloves.

Todd Butler, | Arkansas -- Assistant Coach
A hitting coach for Arkansas under former Nebraska head coach Dave Van Horn, Butler has been rumored to have interest in the job. He is known around the country for his ability to attract the best talent and develop strong hitters. In a 17-year career as an NCAA Division I assistant or head coach, he has constructed nine recruiting classes that ranked among the nation's top 10 including four in his five years with the Razorbacks. In 2001, Butler took over as head coach at McNeese State in his hometown of Lake Charles, La., where he compiled a 90-83 (.520) overall record in three seasons.

Chad Holbrook, | South Carolina -- Associate Head Coach
Considered to be one of the top assistants in college baseball, Holbrook has been rumored for big jobs before. Probably on Tennessee's short list as well, Holbrook is thought to be one of the next big coaches in the making. South Carolina has spent much of the season ranked No. 1 with Holbrook in charge of hitting and recruiting. Prior to joining the Gamecock program three years ago, Holbrook worked for 15 seasons on the North Carolina coaching staff. While at UNC, the the Tar Heels made 11 NCAA Tournament appearances including four NCAA Super Regionals and three trips to the College World Series.

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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