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 Omaha Sports Academy Assistant General Manager and has been with us for 11 years. She is involved in the administrative aspects of all OSA programming, from the planning and publicity through the implementation and evaluation process.  Rachel is our league and tournament game scheduler and works to meet the competition and scheduling needs for all teams to further the mission of the OSA, which is to provide a fun athletic environment that promotes healthy competition and the development of positive life skills through quality instruction, service and facilities. Rachel is often referred to as the GLUE of OSA, making sure all moving parts come together smoothly to ensure the highest quality of customer service.

Charles Thompson

Select Basketball Coordinator – Boys
Phone – 402-504-1222, ext 3
Email – charles.thompson@omahasportsacademy.com
Since joining the Omaha Sports Academy full time in 2011, Coach Thompson has successfully helped spark and steward the growth and development of the OSA Select Program to record numbers and accomplishments over the past 9 years.

Whether leading teams to national rankings or helping late developing underdog players extend and maximize their high school and college careers, Coach Thompson specializes in building confidence in young athletes by enthusiastically challenging players to push beyond their comfort zones and encouraging players to aggressively work to maximize their full potential.  Coach Thompson’s popularity amongst players at all levels of development is significantly attributed to being able to connect his over 30 years of playing and coaching experience to successfully assist the modern athlete in achieving their goals. Coach Thompson is always vigorously working to introduce and lead new trends in the basketball industry to maximize individual player development within the construct of successful peer group and team development.

Connor O’Neill

Girls Select Coordinator
Phone – 402-504-1222

After working part time as an OSA basketball coach for years, Connor accepted the position of OSA Girls Select Basketball Coordinator last June, and he has attracted multiple players to our program.  Connor spent the previous seven years at Millard North High School where he helped develop players at all levels.  Several of these players have gone on to play at all levels of college basketball.  He helped guide the school to its first ever girls basketball state championship in 2019.  Before his teaching and coaching career at Millard North,  Connor was an All-Nebraska athlete at Omaha Westside in both baseball and football and played at the college level at Creighton University.  He lists his coaching mentor as current Oregon Head Coach and former Creighton Head Coach Dana Altman who he learned from while at Creighton during his time as team manager for the basketball team.  Connor has always had a passion for coaching basketball and is always looking to bring new trends in the modern era of basketball to maximize each players’ skill level.

Bret Pivovar

JR Select and 1st/2nd Grade Coordinator
Phone – 402-504-1222

Getting his start as a last minute fill in, Coach Pivovar (Piv) has made the most of his time here at OSA.  Starting in 2013, he has coached every level in our youth program on both the girls and boys sides.  He has a passion for teaching the fundamentals of the game to the youth and helping them become better basketball players and more importantly better people.  In recent years he has put a lot of his focus on high level skill development.  Challenging his players to become the best version of themselves everyday is a top priority.

Coach Piv runs our OSA Jr Select 1st/2nd Grade Program and also helps to run our Pre K/K League.  He is a coach for a few of our 3rd  – 8th grade Select teams and helps run small group and individual workouts as well as summer camps and clinics.

In his free time, Coach Piv enjoys spending time with his family and friends.  He likes to travel and attend sporting events and concerts.   He enjoys activities that help him stay active such as golf, tennis, and working out.