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TEAM PIAS! - Inventory Night Fun - Sep 16

What a fun crew we have at Play It Again Sports!  If you haven't had a chance to meet our wonderful team, please stop by our store.  Have questions about fitting sports equipment or about that fitness machine you are interested in?  Come down and ask us.  We are here to help you meet your fitness and sporting goods needs!  We are THE neighborhood sporting good store that you turn to first when you need to make a purchase.  We pride ourselves on being knowledgable and friendly to all who stop by. 

Store Owner Rich Messina

Rich Messina - Owner & General Manager

Rich Messina grew up in the Boston area and is an avid Boston/New England sports fan.  He loves all sports and played many years of organized baseball.  Rich was on the soccer and downhill ski teams in high school.  He has degrees from the University of New Mexico and the University of Central Missouri.  Rich retired from the U.S. Air Force with over 22 years of dedicated service to his country - most of them as a pilot.  Rich and his wife, Cyndi, have 2 sons and a daughter.  Having lived in Europe and Asia (and having travelled all over the world), Rich has had the opportunity to learn and play many different sports.  His favorites are hockey, volleyball, mountain biking and skiing/snowboarding.

Rich was surprised when he moved to the Omaha area and there wasn't a Play It Again Sports store.  Having patronized these stores for his own gear and as a parent of active boys, Rich knew the need was there for a discount sports store.  He was thrilled when space became available in Canfield Plaza...the perfect location for Play It Again Sports in Omaha.  Rich is dedicated to making sure customers have the best choices for reasonable prices in both new and used sporting goods and fitness equipment.

Fun fact - Rich and his youngest son, Tim, played in the Norwegian national lacrosse championship tournament in Oslo in 2008!

Cyndi Messina - Bookkeeper, Sales Associate, Buyer, wife of owner

Cyndi was raised in several places while growing up the daughter of an Army father.  She competed in gymnastics early on for several years and could always be found outside playing baseball and football with the boys in the neighborhood.  Cyndi attended both the University of New Mexico and the University of Central Missouri and then served in the U.S. Air Force as a nurse.  She is married to the owner, Rich Messina, and they have 3 wonderful kids.  Cyndi has always been an avid sports fan, although having moved so much during her life, she has many favorite teams.  Sports and fitness have been a big push in the Messina household - so much so that both of their sons are majoring in Exercise Science in college.  Cyndi's favorite sport?? Rugby - especially if her two sons are out on the pitch playing!  Cyndi left her job at Bellevue Public Schools to work with her husband at Play It Again Sports Omaha and loves being surrounded by sports and fitness every day.

Fun Fact - Cyndi has 2 black belts: one in Universal Kempo Karate and one in Okinawan Shorinryu.  She also studied Traditional TaeKwon-Do while living in Europe to complete her martial arts training trifecta of a Chinese, Japanese and Korean art forms.  Cyndi, Rich and their family are huge UFC fans! 

Marcus Schultz - Manager

Marcus is a native of Jackson, Minnesota.  He grew up playing hockey, football, baseball, and track.  After starting at Dana College in Nebraska, Marcus ended up graduating from Southwest Minnesota State University with a degree in Sports Management and a minor in coaching. We are extremely happy to have him as our manager at Play It Again Sports!

Fun Fact - Marcus held the single game rushing record for his high school in Minnesota (an impressive 284 yards) for almost 10 years.  It was just broken last year.

 

James Headid - Sales Associate, Buyer

James was the very first employee hired at Play It Again Sports.  He is a graduate of Bellevue West High School and is a senior at UNO studying Exercise Science.  James is an avid lifter and is into clean eating.  Growing up, he played baseball, football, basketball, tennis and rugby.  Don't let all those muscles fool you, James is a straight A student and has a very strong work ethic both in the classroom and in the gym.  He plans to attend graduate school to become a doctor.

Fun Fact - James started playing rugby his senior year of high school and was chosen to represent the state of Nebraska on the All-Star team that summer.  He travelled to Denver, CO to play in a national tournament against other U19 teams.  

Aimee Schultz - Sales Associate

Aimee grew up in Omaha and graduated from Millard West where she participated in soccer and swimming.  Aimee attended Dana College on a soccer scholarship and when Dana closed, transferred to Midland University to finish her degree in Elementary Education.  Aimee is currently a first grade teacher at Neidhardt Elementary in Millard.  We are happy to have her at Play It Again Sports. 

Fun Fact - Aimee has 2 fun facts....As a basketball player in her early years of being an athlete, she once scored for the wrong team.  She hung up her basketball shoes permanently after that season.  Fun Fact #2 - she holds the high jump record at her middle school. 

Mike Toupin - Sales Associate, Buyer

Mike grew up in the Millard area and graduated from high school at Lincoln Southwest.  Growing up he played baseball and football, wrestled and played on a softball league.  Mike is currently a senior at UNO as an Exercise Science major.  When he isn't studying, in classes or working at the store, Mike enjoys working out. 

Fun Fact - Mike played on the Millard Warriors, a club baseball team who won the State A championships in 2009.

Scott Grogan - Sales Associate

Scott is a great addition to our store!  His experience in sports, kinesiology (the study of movement), and coaching is amazing.  Scott's day job is being a physical education teacher at Westside High School, where he has taught for many years.  He has coached high school football and track.  He also coached on the college level with the UNO football program. Although football is a presonal favorite sport of his, he also really enjoys basketball, baseball and track.  Scott is married and has 3 children ages 25, 21, and 17.  We are so happy to have Scott spending some of his extra time working in our store!

Fun Fact - Okay, Scott has been deeply rooted in sports his whole life and had a hard time coming up with a sports-related fun fact.  He decided to give the glory to his brother...you may have heard of him....Steve Grogan, who played for the New England Patriots for 16 years.

Update - Scott has a fun fact!  He was voted into his college's Sports Hall of Fame!  What an honor!

Tyler Mutlu

Tyler Mutlu - Sales Associate

Tyler graduate from Bellevue East High School where he was a boxer and a football player.  Although he has played many sports, football is by far his favorite.  Tyler is currently studying at UNO, majoring in Biology, with the hope of heading to medical school in the next few years. We have another veteran at our store!  Tyler proudly serves in the Nebraska Air National Guard as an Electrical & Environmental Specialist. We thank you for your service!

Fun Fact - Tyler had the opportunity to play college football, but chose the military path instead.

 

Townes Hagberg - Sales Associate

Townes was born in Seattle, Washington, but has called Omaha his home for quite awhile.  He graduated from Omaha North, where he played baseball.  Townes plays both centerfield and pitcher. He currently plays in a Latino league.  He is a huge football and soccer fan.  His favorite teams to watch are the Huskers and the Seahawks. Townes is our newest team member but has quickly jumped into the fray of our store.  

Fun Fact: Townes' fastball and his change up pitches are only 3 mph difference.  (that's either really good or really bad...we'll let you decide!)

Location Info

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8453 W Center Rd
Omaha, NE 68124
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Store Hours

Mon:10:00 AM - 08:00 PM
Tues:10:00 AM - 08:00 PM
Wed:10:00 AM - 08:00 PM
Thu:10:00 AM - 08:00 PM
Fri:10:00 AM - 08:00 PM
Sat:10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Sun:12:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Contact Store

402-934-8100
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