Coaching Staff








Head Coach: Lance Spongberg

Lance Spongberg will be in his third year as the Haysville Aviators Head Coach. At the age of 26, from Sutton, Nebraska, he is looking to continue his desired career as a college baseball coach.  He is currently at Ottawa University in his second year of being on the coaching staff for their baseball team. He continues to be the assistant pitching coach at Ottawa and is finishing up his master’s degree in business leadership. 

In the summers of 2016 and 2017, he spent a ton of his time around the Independent Baseball Team in Sioux City, the Sioux City Explorers. He was their clubhouse manager throughout those two seasons and gave lessons to youth in the Sioux City area during his time their also. 

Before Ottawa University, Spongberg spent the 2018 season as an assistant coach at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. He was also a student assistant at Morningside College in 2017 as he finished his undergraduate degree of Business Management with a Coaching Endorsement. In those summers, he was the Head Coach for the Aviators, recruiting and managing the team throughout the summer months. 

In his second season, he has got the Aviators back to the NBC World Series and won their side of the Sunflower Collegiate League in their first season in the new league. They accumulated four SCL All Stars and had the top Homerun Leader for the 2019 summer. They enjoyed good success but hope to continue success and continue to compete for an NBC World Series.

For Morningside College, Spongberg was a four-year letterman on the baseball diamond. He had an impressive freshman year at Morningside posting a 2.03 ERA as a freshman out of the pen and captured GPAC Honorable Mention All-Conference honors. His senior year he helped the Mustangs to the 2016 NAIA Regionals and was named First Team All-Conference as the top closer. During the summers of 2014 and 2015, Spongberg played for the Haysville Aviators and helped the team to a 2nd and 5th place finish in the NBC World Series. 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. He returned for the summer of 2015 and helped the team to a 2nd place finish in the NBC World Series. Now Lance is back with the organization in a different capacity searching for the success he enjoyed as a player with the Aviators.







Assistant Coach:

Cole Seltzer

Cole Seltzer is going into his first year as the assistant coach of the Haysville Aviators. Coach Seltzer is currently in his second year as the graduate assistant for the baseball team at Sul Ross. He oversees the outfielders, assists with hitters and controls defensive positioning. Before working at Sul Ross, Cole worked for the New York Mets as a player development associate. During his time with the Mets, Cole worked closely with minor league coaches running baseball technologies like Blast Motion, pitching and hitting Rapsodo, Trackman, and K-Vest. He used the data to help players develop skills and reach their full potential. Cole has also worked as an assistant coach at Hesston College in Kansas where he was involved with all aspects of the team. Cole graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sports Management from Wichita State University. Cole is currently pursuing his Master’s in Health and Human Performance at Sul Ross.