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

John Brownell: Pitching

  • 2001 First Team All-State out of Millard West High School
  • 2002 Jayhawk Conference Freshman of the Year and First Team All Conference at Butler County Community College
  • Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 47th round of the 2002 MLB June Amateur Draft from Butler County Community College and the Philadelphia Phillies in the 27th round of the 2006 MLB June Amateur Draft from the University of Oklahoma
  • 12 years of professional pitching experience
  • Long Island Ducks all-time franchise leader in wins (56), games started (133), innings pitched (872.2) and strikeouts (667)
  • Long Island Ducks single season record holder in strikeouts (147; 2016), innings pitched (202.0; 2014), complete games (7; 2013) and games started (29; 2014)
  • Received Atlantic League Pitcher of the Year honors in 2015
  • Member of the 2017 Atlantic League All Star Team
  • Starting pitcher for the 2016-2017 Puerto Rican Championship team Criollos de Caguas
  • Starting pitcher for the 2017 Caribbean Series Champions – Team Puerto Ric0

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".


Josh Soderberg: Hitting, Catching, Fielding

  • Played college baseball at Wayne State University
  • Head coach of Pacesetters 2011 - 2015
  • Head coach of Omaha Aces 2015 - 2017
    • Ranked 8th in the nation according to USSSA
    • 2-season record of 91-27
  • 3-time high school class C state champion
  • Has great history of putting on camps for youth baseball players  as well as helping players get from select baseball onto high school teams and beyond

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