Your Omaha Sporting Goods Store
TEAM PIAS! - October 2017
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.
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 has found the ice again here in Omaha and you can often find him skating around local arenas looking for a hockey game.
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 Schultz - Manager
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. Marcus and his wife recently had their first child in September. An avid hockey player, you may find Marcus on the ice around Omaha playing pick-up 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.
Mike Toupin - 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 has recently taken up ice skating, and is being groomed to be a hockey player by the powers that be at PIAS Omaha. He is catching on quickly! Mike has been with us for a couple of years now and has moved into the role of assistant manager starting this 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.
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. 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!
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 personal favorite sport of his, Scott also really enjoys basketball, baseball and track. Scott is married and 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 Bauer - Sales Associate/Buyer
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 Sweetman - Sales Associate/Buyer
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. We are thrilled to have him join our family at Team PIAS.
Fun Fact: Michael played in the Little League World Series in Charlotte, NC. His team came in 3rd.
Mark Murphy - Sales Associate
Mark is a newer addition to Play It Again Sports. He came to us via a business internship program between Millard West High School and Metro Community College. We thought he had promise at our store and hired him in conjunction with his internship. Mark is a senior at Millard West where he plays football, wrestles, and plays rugby. He is the oldest of 7 boys in his family.
Fun Fact: In 2015, Mark played for the Nebraska All-State rugby team in Colorado at a national tournament.
Emma Koski - Sales Associate
Emma is a newer hire at Play It Again Sports here in Omaha. She graduated from Westside High School where she played both soccer and lacrosse. Emma 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! :)
Cody Crawford - Sales Associate
Cody Crawford graduated from Creston High School in Creston, IA. He came to Omaha to attend UNO, where he is a freshman majoring in Business. Some of the sports Cody prefers to play are basketball, football, baseball, and golf. We are happy to have Cody at our store....even if he is an Iowa fan....
Fun Fact - Cody holds the school record for the most 3 pointers in a basketball game at his high school - 9...that's 27 points just in outside shots!
Peyton Abendroth - Sales Associate
Peyton Abendroth comes to us from Lincoln, where he attended St Pius X High School. He is also a freshman at UNO studying Architectural Engineering. (We plan on putting his skills to the test helping to put together treadmills, weight benches, and stationary bikes!) Peyton enjoys playing basketball, football, baseball, and golf. As our newest addition to the PIAS Omaha family, we are happy to have Peyton on board!
Fun Fact - Peyton ran a 1/2 marathon in Lincoln last year! Not bad for a young man!
Aaron Gosch - Sales Associate/LAX head stringer
If you recognize this face, it's because he has worked here before! Aaron Gosch worked at PIAS Omaha last year and now has freed up his schedule to join us again! Aaron graduated from Millard North High School and then went on to play Lacrosse at UNL. In high school he played lacrosse and football. You can often find Aaron on the ice as well, as he plays on a mens' league in the Omaha area. He is currently taking classes at Metro and studying towards a degree in Fire Science and Technology. Aaron plans to be a fireman. If you are looking for lacrosse equipment or have any questions about the game, he is your go-to guy!
FUN FACT: Aaron coaches high school lacrosse for the Cobras, which consists of Millard North, Millard South, Skutt Catholic, and Boys Town.
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