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 is the Assistant General Manager, and will hit her 10 year anniversary with Omaha Sports Academy this summer!  She is involved in the administrative aspects of all OSA programming and day to day operations to ensure the highest quality of our own Select programs, camps, and clinics to striving to meet the needs of all teams while scheduling league and tournament games.

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!  “When parents, players, coaches, and fans come through our doors each weekend, they expect a top-notch experience, and I am proud to be a part of an organization that can provide that on a consistent basis.”

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!

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.

Since Charles’s full time involvement at OSA, the OSA Select Program has nearly doubled in annual participation for all seasons and has been pivotal in the accelerated development of careers of several Metro high school and youth coaches and players in the area.

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 Altenhofen is the Youth Boys & Girls Skills Coordinator and JR Select Coordinator at OSA.  In addition to coaching a few of our Select teams, Trey runs our Pre-K/Kindergarten League, plans and implements our camps and clinics, as well as our Jr Select 1st/2nd grade program.  He is amazing with kids of all ages, and truly cares about the individual development of each participant, both on and off the court.
Trey came to us in August 2016 from Mankato, Minnesota where he had been a kindergarten teacher for five years at Prairie View Elementary.  Over the years, Trey has really gained a love and passion for the game of basketball, with his own father coaching him from 6 years of age through high school graduation, and he got into coaching when he was 20 years old.  Trey began his own AAU Program outside of Mankato, MN when he was in his early 20’s called the “Minnesota Premiere”. His U15, U16 & U17 teams traveled to multiple tournaments in Minnesota and surrounding states to compete. When asked about the experience, Trey says, “It was a great stepping stone for me as it helped drive me into a bigger program which essentially lead me to meet Bob Franzese,  where I was very fortunate to build a great relationship with him and now  am a part of this amazing OSA Crusader Basketball Family and Community.”
Trey also has experience as the High School Boys Basketball Head Coach at St. Paul Academy High School and Henry Sibley High School and has worked High Level Elite Basketball Camps such as “Lute Olson’s Arizona Wildcats” Exposure & Overnight camps as well as University of Minnesota Team & Overnight camps. Both camps had over 350+ kids from Sunday morning to Friday afternoon with fully packed days, which included meals, lodging, and many other great amenities which made the experience so memorable for him.

Connor O’Neill

Girls Select 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 the 2019 State Champion Girls Basketball Team, and he  has helped coach many current and former OSA players while at Millard North.

“It is extremely difficult to leave a place like Millard North after seven years. Millard North has a top-notch culture both academically and athletically.  However, I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to be a part of an organization like Omaha Sports Academy.  I can’t wait to get started as Select Girls Program Director and continue to help all of our players reach their basketball goals.  I believe everything is in place here at OSA for us to take the next step as a girls’ program.” – Connor O’Neill

“Congratulations on hiring Connor O’Neill as the Girls Director at OSA.  I have known Connor for his entire life.  Connor is passionate about basketball, he is a great teacher, and above all else he possesses great character.  He will do a great job.” – Bruce Rasmussen, Athletics Director Creighton University

 

“Our program’s culture of accountability, toughness and togetherness has been critical to MNGBB’s overall success, which resulted in the 2019 Class A State Basketball Championship. Without a doubt Coach O’Neill was an essential part of building and maintaining that culture. His dedication to going above and beyond with his commitment to MNGBB and developing relationships with our players on and off the court were a big reason why the Mustang basketball was able to reach the heights it did. Coach O’Neill’s passion for the Xs and Os of basketball, his passion for developing great players, and his ability to build strong, lasting relationships will make him extremely successful moving forward. We here at MNGBB wish him the best of luck in this endeavor and will be watching from afar, cheering for him with our whole hearts.” – Coach David Diehl, Millard North Girls Basketball Head Coach