John Manganaro: Hitting, Pitching, Catching

Coach Manganaro spent 20 seasons with the Wayne State College baseball program and served 17 years as head coach.  John compiled an overall record of 506-309-1 (.620) and was 198-54 in Northern Sun Conference play (.785)  He won six straight NSIC regular season titles (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009).  In 2009, Coach Manganaro tied the WSC school record for wins in a season, going 45-15 overall and 27-4 in the NSIC to capture a sixth straight regular season title.  He has won numerous awards, including four times NSIC Coach of the Year and OWH Midlands Coach of the Year.  Additionally, he helped build at least one All-American in six of his last seven seasons as head coach of WSC.


Bill Olson: Pitching

  • Owns over 1,500 career coaching victories, winning games at over 750 winning percentage.

  • Coached teams to 6 high school state championships

  • Coached 8 American Legion state championship teams

  • Coached 1 national championship high school team

  • Pitching coach for 1999 and 2000 NCAA Tournament participant, Creighton Bluejays

  • Coached for Team USA 1996-2000

  • Named Olympic Development Coach of the Year

  • Inducted into Omaha Sports Hall of Fame

  • Inducted into the National High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame

  • 3-time national high schoool baseball coach of the year (1984, 1990, 1995)

Joe Bircher: Pitching

  • Attended Roncalli Catholic High School and led the team to back to back State Championships in 2007-2008

  • 2 Time All-Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher with Bradley University 2011, 2012

  • All-time Bradley University leader in Strikeouts and Innings Pitched

  • Selected with the first pick of 10th Round of 2012 Draft by Houston Astros

  • Won 2013 Midwest league Championship with Quad City River Bandits

  • 6 years professional pitching experience

  • Lead 2011 Cape Cod League in Innings Pitched and Strikeouts, and 2nd in ERA

  • Lead 2010 Alaska Baseball League in Wins, Strikeouts, ERA, and Innings Pitched

Ryan Yackley: All Skills (Pitching, Catching, Hitting & Fielding)

  • Grew up in Onida South Dakota

  • Played baseball, basketball and football in high school

  • Played D1 Baseball For - Indian Hills Community College & South Dakota State University

  • First Team All American at Indian Hills Community College

  • JUCO Pitcher Of The Month (3) & JUCO Honorable Mention Pitcher of The Year (2011)

  • Scouted By Minnesota Twins, Colorado Rockies, & Seattle Mariners Organizations

  • Current head coach of 13U UBA Gladiator Black and instructor at UBA.

Zach Herr: Pitching

  • Pitched for Skutt Catholic High School garnering first-team all-state accolades from both the Lincoln Journal Star and the Omaha World-Herald. He compiled a 7-2 record with a 1.22 ERA, while leading the state with 89 strikeouts.

  • Left handed pitcher at the University of Nebraska Lincoln in 06’ 07’ and 08’ where he made 74 career appearances to rank fourth all-time at NU at that time

  • Drafted in the 38th round of the 2008 MLB draft by the San Diego Padres

  • 2009 Midwest League midseason All-Star and won 2009 Midwest League Championship with the Fort Wayne Tin Caps, as well as won 2011 California League Championship with the Lake Elsinore Storm.

  • 4 years professional pitching experience

  • Graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science from Clarkson College in 2016 which gives him an educated background in sports injury prevention

Dan Johnston (Hitting)

  • UFA Director of Hitting and Mental Training

  • Papillion-La Vista Varsity Assistant Softball Coach:  2017 – Present 

    • 2017 Nebraska Class A State Champions

  • Papillion-La Vista Juniors Head Baseball Coach:  2016 – Present  

    • 2016 Nebraska State Legion Juniors Runner-Up 

  • Papillion-La Vista Varsity Assistant Baseball Coach:  2012 – 2015

  • 2008 Nebraska Baseball Letter Winner

    • Utility player for top 25-ranked and NCAA Regional host, The University of Nebraska at Lincoln, as a true freshman

  • 2007 First-Team Super-State Infielder

  • 2007 Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball

  • 2006 Second-Team Super-State Infielder

  • 2005 Honorable-Mention All-State Infielder

  • Nine-time letter winner at Papillion-La Vista High School (2004-2007) – Baseball, Basketball, and Tennis

Curt Shockey: Hitting

Coach Shockey is well known as one of the very elite baseball instructors. His knowledge of hitting and pitching is well respected at every level of the game. However, what really sets Curt apart from other instructors is his ability to "teach".


Cole Gruber (Hitting)

  • CoSIDA Division I Academic All American of the Year

  • 2016 UNO Male Athlete of the Year

  • 2015-2016 Summit League 1st Team All-Conference

  • 2015-2016 Summit League Academic All-League Team

  • 2015 Academic All American Division I 2nd Team

  • Current Record holder of stolen bases at UNO (105)

  • Drafted in the 27th Round by the Oakland Athletics

Tony Pane: Hitting, Pitching

  • High school baseball coach from 1966 to 2002

  • Three year baseball starter & letterman for Creighton

  • Seven year player in the Omaha adult baseball league

Chris Shanahan: Pitching

  • Former pitcher at Iowa Western CC and the University of Nebraska-Omaha

  • 6 Years of professional pitching experience with the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies

  • Pitching coach of 2007 Class B American League State Champions

  • Pitching instructor since 1998

Mike Reggio: Catching

  • Over 25 years coaching experience at all levels

  • Presenter at numerous baseball camps

  • Several of his players have gone on to play college baseball

  • Current Catching Director for Omaha Tigers

  • Current Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach at Bellevue West High School