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.

Email: jmanganaro@ubanebraska.com


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


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".

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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