OSA Professional Staff

Bob Franzese

Co-owner and General Manager
Phone – 402-504-1222, ext 1
Email – bob.franzese@omahasportsacademy.com

Bob’s love for the game of basketball developed during his junior high school, high school and college days, when he was heavily involved at Omaha-area YMCA’s as a scorekeeper, referee and coach.  In his early 20’s, Bob was a varsity assistant coach at Lewis Central (Iowa) High School, and then took a job as the Athletic Director at Omaha’s Jewish Community Center (JCC).  While at the JCC, Bob grew the basketball program from 120 participants to over 450, and he added soccer, flag football and lacrosse to the athletic department’s program offerings.  Bob’s ability to grow sports programming continued after he co-founded the Omaha Sports Academy (OSA) in spring 2008.  Since that time, he has built the largest select basketball club program in Omaha (60 winter teams and 55 summer teams) and has grown the Predator League sponsored by Going Vertical from 100 teams to over 600.  Bob’s coaching style is a demanding one, yet his passion for the game and love for his players shines through.  His players are among the most-prepared for the “next level”, whether that is high school or college.  A “student of the game,” Bob constantly educates himself by frequenting high school and college practices and the Oklahoma City Thunder training camp.

Rachel Blum

Rachel Blum

Assistant General Manager
Phone – 402-504-1222, ext 2
Email – rachel.blum@omahasportsacademy.com

Rachel began work at OSA in July 2009, and is currently the Assistant General Manager.  She is involved in the administrative aspects of all OSA programming and day to day operations.  She is responsible for scheduling all league and tournament games and oversees the implementation of these games, including staffing, venue rentals, and general game day operations.

Rachel also oversees the OSA registration process, from the marketing of every program and making sure all individual and team registrations are entered correctly to customer service and communications regarding these programs.  She works directly with our Select basketball staff in ensuring an efficient and organized registration process each fall and summer season and works with all league and team coaches in order to best meet each team’s individual scheduling needs.

When asked about what she likes most about her job with OSA, she will be quick to tell you about her love for the game-day atmosphere!  “Our technological advances have allowed us to efficiently and effectively keep up with the latest trends in youth sports, and seeing it all come to fruition at every tip-off is quite the reward!”

Rachel has a BS Education degree from the University of Kansas, with a minor in English.  She is about as big a Jayhawk fan as they come, and you can be assured that if you pass by her wearing any Kansas attire, she will give you a “Rock Chalk” and will expect a “Jayhawk” in return!

Camden Persigehl

Camden Persigehl

Iowa West Fieldhouse Manager
Phone – 712-322-1831
Email – camden.persigehl@omahasportsacademy.com

Camden is the newest member of the OSA Staff, and he comes to us with incredible enthusiasm and talent.  Born and raised in Omaha NE, Camden grew up around the game of basketball. After graduating from Platteview High School in 2013, Camden spent time at a community college before continuing his education and playing on the men’s basketball team at Midland University. Camden graduated with honors from Midland in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Performance with a concentration in Sports Marketing and Management. During his time at Midland University, Camden secured internships with the Omaha Lancers Hockey Club and Omaha Sports Academy. The internship with OSA grew into a full-time position as the Manager of our newest facility, the Iowa West Field House.

Camden has two older sisters, and both of his parents are teachers.  His dad has coached basketball for as long as he can remember, and Camden’s favorite sports teams are the Kentucky Wildcats and Sacramento Kings.

Charles Thompson

Select Basketball Coordinator – Boys
Phone – 402-504-1222, ext 3
Email – charles.thompson@omahasportsacademy.com

Charles has been our Select Basketball Coordinator since the fall of 2011.  Originally from Miami, Charles found his way to Omaha when he transferred to the University of Nebraska at Omaha part-way through his college basketball career. At UNO during 1996-1998, Charles enjoyed a successful career, garnering All-Northern Collegiate Conference (NCC) honors, and leading the team in scoring his sophomore year. Charles graduated from UNO with a Bachelor of Science degree in Organization Communication, with a minor in Business Administration.

Charles and his wife Alysia have two children who play through OSA.  Charles has a passion for basketball and his enthusiasm for the sport is apparent on both the practice floor and in game time situations.

Trey Altenhofen

Youth Skills Coordinator
Phone – 402-504-1222, ext 5
Email –trey.altenhofen@omahasportsacademy.com

Trey has been with OSA since the fall of 2016 and is from Mankato, MN where he attended Mankato Loyola High School, graduating in 2004, after competing in four straight Class A Boys Basketball Minnesota State Tournaments. During his junior year, Trey’s team went 32-0, earning the school a State Championship. After graduation, Trey attended Inver Hills Community College, where he received a baseball scholarship.  He spent one year there before transferring to South Central College in Mankato, where he played one more season before getting back into basketball.  After college, Trey spent three seasons coaching at the youth level before accepting a position as the head coach for the boys varsity basketball team at St. Clair High School. He also began a three team AAU program out of Southern Minnesota called the “Minnesota Premiere”.  Over the past four years, Trey has been the Assistant Director for the Minnesota Select Boys AAU basketball program, and during this time, he led his teams to win an average of 36 games per season, winning seven tournament championships, including the diamond division in the prestigious FAB 48 Tournament in Las Vegas in 2015.  Over these four years, Trey also coached elite level players and ran camps, clinics, and tournaments for youth of all ages.

Trey also coached the Mankato Loyola Jr High School 7th and 8th-grade boys to the Minnesota State Pacesetter tournaments and helped run the Lute Olson Basketball Camp at the University of Arizona.

Shawna Carson

Youth Girls Coordinator
Phone – 402-504-1222

Shawna was born and raised in Nebraska. She grew up on a farm where she developed a strong work ethic. She has loved sports and the excitement of competition for as long as she can remember. She graduated from Aurora Senior High School where she was a multi-sport athlete, participating in volleyball, basketball and track. She was also active in drama, band and her church youth group. After graduating from high school, she moved to Lincoln to attend the University of Nebraska where she completed a degree in Speech Pathology & Audiology.

Shawna has two children with her husband, Rick. Their daughter is currently in her 3rd year at Arizona State University and will graduate next year with her degree in nursing and a minor in fitness and nutrition. Their son plays for OSA and attends high school at Lincoln Southwest.

Shawna began coaching over 15 years ago when her children became interested in participating in sports. She quickly realized she had a serious passion for coaching and continued to actively pursue coaching both volleyball and basketball for several years before taking a position at Lincoln Christian as the head coach for their middle school volleyball and basketball teams. After leaving the position at Lincoln Christian, Shawna continued to coach AAU basketball for another seven years before joining the OSA family. Over the course of the last 15+ years she has coached top level players and ran multiple camps and clinics for players of all ages. She has impacted many boys and girls ranging from 3rd grade thru high school and looks forward to continuing to positively impact many more as she continues to pursue her passion for basketball at OSA.

Connor O’Neill

High School Girls Coordinator
Phone – 402-504-1222

Connor was born and raised in Omaha and has been around the Omaha sports community his entire life. He attended Westside High School where he earned letters in basketball, baseball and football. He received a Baseball Scholarship to Creighton University.  While at Creighton he obtained a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration as well as earning Dean’s List academic honors. After his baseball career ended he was a team manager for Creighton University Men’s basketball team during Dana Altman’s last season.

After Creighton, he knew he wanted to pursue both teaching and coaching careers.  He received a Degree in Secondary Education from University of Nebraska-Omaha and was hired by Millard North High School where he has spent the past six years as both a Business Teacher and on the Girls Basketball and Baseball coaching staffs. He was part of Millard North Girls Basketball staff who went a school record 22-3 last year in 2018 and has helped coach many current and former OSA players while at Millard North.