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 began work at OSA in July 2009, and is currently the Assistant General Manager.  She is involved in the administrative aspects of all OSA programming and day to day operations.  She is responsible for scheduling all league and tournament games and oversees the implementation of these games, including staffing, venue rentals, and general game day operations.

Rachel also oversees the OSA registration process, from the marketing of every program and making sure all individual and team registrations are entered correctly to customer service and communications regarding these programs.  She works directly with our Select basketball staff in ensuring an efficient and organized registration process each fall and summer season and works with all league and team coaches in order to best meet each team's individual scheduling needs.

When asked about what she likes most about her job with OSA, she will be quick to tell you about her love for the game-day atmosphere!  “Our technological advances have allowed us to efficiently and effectively keep up with the latest trends in youth sports, and seeing it all come to fruition at every tip-off is quite the reward!”

Rachel has a BS Education degree from the University of Kansas, with a minor in English.  She is about as big a Jayhawk fan as they come, and you can be assured that if you pass by her wearing any Kansas attire, she will give you a “Rock Chalk” and will expect a “Jayhawk” in return!


Charles ThompsonSelect 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.

Trey Altenhofen, Youth Skills Coordinator

Trey is originally from Mankato, MN where he grew up playing all types of youth sports, having his dad coach him in football, basketball and baseball. He attended Mankato Loyola High School, graduating in 2004, where he competed in four straight Class A Boys Basketball Minnesota State Tournaments. During his junior year, Trey's team went 32-0, earning the school a State Championship. After graduation, Trey attended Inver Hills Community College, where he received a baseball scholarship.  He spent one year there before transferring to South Central College in Mankato, where he played one more season before getting back into basketball.  After college, Trey spent three seasons coaching at the youth level before accepting a position as the head coach for the boys varsity basketball team at St. Clair High School. He also began a three team AAU program out of Southern Minnesota called the "Minnesota Premiere".  Over the past four years, Trey has been the Assistant Director for the Minnesota Select Boys AAU basketball program, and during this time, he led his teams to win an average of 36 games per season, winning seven tournament championships, including the diamond division in the prestigious FAB 48 Tournament in Las Vegas in 2015.  Over these four years, Trey also coached elite level players, and ran camps, clinics and tournaments for youth of all ages. 

Trey also coached the Mankato Loyola Jr High School 7th and 8th grade boys to the Minnesota State Pacesetter tournaments and helped run the Lute Olson Basketball Camp at the University of Arizona. 

We are extremely excited to have Trey join our OSA coaching staff, as he has come to us very highly recommended:

From Ike Hermer - Graduate Assistant Coach for Minnesota Golden Gophers Men's Basketball 

"I've known Trey since he coached me all the way back to 7th grade. He was enthusiastic and passionate about us as kids and the game of basketball, and he has only grown as a leader and person since.  I am proud to call Trey a great friend, role model and am confident he will do a great job in his role with OSA Basketball".

 From Sean Kruger – Holy Family Catholic Men's Varsity Coach   -   Minnesota Select AAU Director 

“Trey is very passionate about basketball and always is putting the interests of his players first. His hard work and determination definitely rubs off on those players he coaches. He is extremely positive in his teaching methods and has helped many kids gain self confidence and become more socially involved, all while teaching the game of basketball. He has been a valuable asset to our Minnesota Select Program.”