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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

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! 

Manager, Marcus Schultz

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. He is our handy go-to hockey guy on staff.  Marcus and his wife are due to have their first child this September.  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.

 

Mike Toupin

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 recently graduated from UNO as an Exercise Science major.  When he isn't working at the store or working out, Mike enjoys snowboarding, playing spikeball and all sorts of water sports. Mike has been with us for a couple of years now and will be moving into the role of night manager starting in the fall.  He is a terrific asset to our store and we love having him work for team PIAS Omaha!

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

Scott Grogan

Scott Grogan - Sales Associate, Buyer in Training

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!

Alex Nielsen

Alex Nielsen - Sales Associate, Buyer in Training

Alex is our local guy who liked to ride dirt bikes competitively when he was younger.  He graduated from Westside High School where he played both football and baseball.  Alex went on to Garden City Community College where he played baseball and majored in Fire Science.  His long term goals are to become a fireman or police officer. Alex has several certificates in fire safety and is working on his EMT.  Alex is kind of quiet but greets everyone with a smile.  We think he is a great fit for Team PIAS Omaha!

Fun Fact:  Alex has hit two grandslam homeruns in his baseball career

DJ Smalls

DJ Smalls - Sales Associate

DJ is new to not only Omaha, but also to the state of Nebraska.  Originally from Charleston, SC, he has come to our area via the Marine Corps and Okinawa, Japan. DJ played football and basketball in high school and was a percussion section leader in the band.  He spent 5 years in the Marine Corps where he started his passion of lifting weights and being a bodybuilder.  We are super excited to have another veteran working in our store. 

Fun Fact: DJ was the best tight end in Okinawa, Japan.  He played for USMC Camp Kinser.  Whenever DJ got the ball, his teammates would yell, "Smash!" and he would return the yell with "Hulk Smash!", where he would always gain at least 15-20 yards.  He even wore Hulk cleats.  

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

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402-934-8100
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