OSA Professional Staff

Bob Franzese, Co-owner and General Manager

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 (40 winter teams and 35 summer teams), and has grown the No Frills Predator League from 100 teams to over 550.  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, Assistant General Manager
Rachel is involved in the administrative aspects of all OSA programming and day to day operations.  She also manages our marketing and customer communications and is responsible for the scheduling of all OSA  leagues and tournaments.  She has been with the OSA since July 2009 and has years of experience in education and with youth programming. Her love for the game of basketball began with KU in 1988, and continues to grow with her 10 year old son, Charlie's, obsession with the game!

 

Charles Thompson, Select Basketball Coordinator

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.