Your Omaha Sporting Goods Store At Canfield Plaza
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. We are THE neighborhood sporting goods store that consistently provides great value in brand new and gently-used sports and fitness equipment, with exceptional customer service in a clean and fun environment. Our store offers a positive shopping experience and value to the customers that no other sporting goods store can. We are here to help you meet your fitness and sporting goods needs and we pride ourselves on being knowledgable and friendly to all who stop by.
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. He 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 has started playing hockey again and plays drop-in a couple times a week.
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!
Marcus is a native of Jackson Minnesota. He grew up playing hockey, football, baseball, and running 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. An avid hockey player, you may find Marcus on the ice around Omaha playing drop in games and skating stick and puck. 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 ten years. It was just broken last year.
Assistant Manager, 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 teaching Crossfit classes, Mike enjoys snowboarding, playing spikeball and all sorts of water sports. He also now plays hockey and is catching on quickly! Mike has been with us for 3 years now and has moved into the role of assistant manager. He is a terrific asset to our store and we love having him on team PIAS!
Fun Fact - Mike played on the Millard Warriors, a club baseball team who won the State A championships in 2009.
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. 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!
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 personal favorite sport of his, Scott also really enjoys basketball, baseball and track. Scott has 3 children who are grown and flown the nest. 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 down in Kansas! What an honor!
Jake is a graduate of Millard North High School. He is currently a junior at UNO working on a general studies degree. Jake is an avid hockey player and plays in a local men's league. Not to be labelled a 'one sport wonder', he also loves to pick up a baseball and glove and play catch with his friends. Jake is quick to smile and a great asset here at Play It Again Sports.
Fun Fact: Jake has one of the best last names for a hockey player...Bauer.
Michael graduated from Westside High School where he played baseball. He continued playing baseball at Garden State College in Kansas. Michael is now back in Omaha attending nursing school. He is also dabbling in firefighting classes and learning to be an arborist (we just call him a lumberjack). We are thrilled to have him with our family at Team PIAS.
Fun Fact: Michael played in the Little League World Series in Charlotte, NC. His team came in 3rd.
Emma graduated from Westside High School where she played both soccer and lacrosse. She is currently enrolled at Metro Community College where she is working towards a degree in Exercise Science. She is a little shy, but we are so happy to have another female working at Play It Again Sports!
Fun Fact: Emma is double jointed and can touch her tongue to her nose. Ask her, maybe she'll demonstrate for you! :)
Cameron Stennis also graduated from Westside High School where he played baseball. Cam went on to be a left-handed pitcher for the baseball team from the University of Nebraska-Kearney. He is currently attending UNO and majoring in business management. When Cam isn't working or studying, he enjoys playing pick up games in lacrosse and hockey. Cam is also studying to be a firefighter, which runs in the family.
FUN FACT - During his junior year in high school, Cam helped his high school team win the state championships in baseball.
Justin Williamson - Sales Associate
Justin is one of our latest hires to join Team PIAS. Justin graduated from Plattsmouth High School where he played football, wrestled, and participated in track & field. He then went to wrestle at UNL as a walk on (and he has the cauliflower ears to prove it!). He is currently attending classes at UNO.
Fun Fact - Justin is afraid of heights but did pole vaulting his senior year of high school!
Omaha, NE 68124
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