Coaching Staff

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Head Coach: Lance Spongberg

Lance Spongberg will be in his first year as the Haysville Aviators Head Coach. He is a young growing coach that is looking to expand his desired career as a college baseball coach.  He is currently at Morningside College in his second year of being on the coaching staff for their baseball team.  Last year he was a student assistant under head coach Brian Drent. Even through a coaching change at the college, Lance will remain on staff as an Assistant Coach under head coach Adam Boeve.  He has a strong passion about baseball and is looking to bring energy and competitiveness to the Aviators this season.

Lance is from Sutton Nebraska where he had great success in his high school years winning back to back to back Class C Legion State Championships.  Coming out of High School, he was recruited by Morningside College where he chose to spend his time as a player.  He was a Varsity pitcher all four years he attended Morningside College.  He was the Newcomer of the Year his freshman year and awarded GPAC Honorable Mention All Conference with a 2.03 ERA in 31 innings. Then his senior year he was honored with First Team GPAC All Conference as a closer with 8 saves, a sub 3 ERA and 58 strike outs in 45 innings of work.  With a good year his senior year he was signed by the Sioux City Explorers for a very short contract where he threw 1 2/3 innings allowing no runs on no hits.

Also during his College playing days he played two summers for the Haysville Aviators where he achieved great success.  In 2014 he received the Walter Johnson Co-Pitcher of the Year award and was also an All American on the NBC All American team.  The team in 2014 came out with a 5th place finish for the first time in team history.  The next summer, Lance rejoined the Aviators but battled arm issues midway through the season. He battled through it and was a part of the 2015 second place finish at the NBC World Series and the first place finish in the Jayhawk League.  Now Lance is getting the chance to come back to the Aviators again in a different capacity but continue the success they had while he was here before.

 

 

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Assistant Coach: Michael J. Thompson

Born in Walnut Creek, California in the Eastbay. Michael moved down to Pasadena, California for High School for baseball and academic purposes. He then attended San Marino High School where he played 2 years of Varsity baseball. As a Senior (2009) Michael was awarded 1st Team All-League, 1st Team All-Area as the only Catcher in the San Gabriel Valley with 1st Team All-CIF and MVP for San Marino High School. After such success he was able to continue his baseball and academic career at a local Junior College in Whittier, California called Rio Hondo for the 2010 season where he became the starting Catcher. This year was the first year ever that the team went on to the State Tournament to fall in 3rd place and 1st place in the Southern California conference. The Summer leading into his Sophomore season his mother was diagnosed with cancer.

After a long 2 year battled, she won her fight and he was able to continue his academic and baseball career. He completed his Junior College career in the Bay Area at Skyline College. There Michael was named 2013 Team MVP with 2nd-Team All-Conference Catcher. Afterwards he was picked up from the Morningside Mustangs in Sioux City, Iowa where he finished his collegiate career and undergraduate program in business administration. In the 2015 season for the Mustangs he was awarded Honorable Mention with 2 team awards as the “Top Newcomer” and “Lincoln Memorial” award.

Currently he is an Assistant Varsity coach at San Marino High School (in California) and also runs a club team called “Club 42” located in Pasadena, California. He feels honored and blessed to have the opportunity to coach for the Haysville Aviators and can not wait for keeping the tradition alive in having a competitive and fun summer season with the program.