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After 10 years as the director of operations for the Nebraska baseball team, former Husker standout Curtis Ledbetter has been elevated to volunteer assistant coach.

"We could not be more excited to add Coach Ledbetter to our staff," Nebraska coach Darin Erstad said in a news release. "He has been a vital part of the Nebraska baseball program for last 10 years in the director of operations role. Coach Ledbetter wants to pursue his dream of coaching college baseball, and I am glad he chose our program to chase his dream."

Ledbetter, a former all-conference performer at Nebraska, joined the Husker staff in May 2008 after a stint in professional baseball. Starting with the 2019 season, he will be the Huskers’ first-base coach.

"The past 10 years have provided an amazing experience for my family and I here while serving as the director of baseball operations," Ledbetter said. "I'm super-excited for the opportunity Coach Erstad has offered to me to be on his 2019 staff in a slightly different role. Coaching is something that I've eventually wanted to do since stepping foot back on campus following my playing career. It’s something that I’m very passionate about, and a chapter in my life which I’m extremely excited for."

An 18th-round draft pick of the Seattle Mariners in 2005, Ledbetter played professional baseball for three years, earning Frontier League all-star honors in 2007 — his final season in the professional ranks. In addition to his playing duties, Ledbetter worked at the Nebraska Baseball Academy.

Ledbetter was a three-year starter for the Huskers from 2003 to 2005, earning first-team All-Big 12 honors at two positions (designated hitter and first base).

Reach the writer at 402-473-7436 or cbasnett@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraCB.

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Husker basketball reporter

A Ravenna native, Chris covers the University of Nebraska men's basketball team and assists with football coverage. He spent nearly 10 years covering sports at the Kearney Hub and nearly four years at the Springfield News-Leader in Springfield, Mo.

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