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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.

 

Assistant Coach: Mitch Kellogg

Mitch is from Glendale California–born and raised. He attended Bellarmine Jefferson High School in Burbank, CA where he played both football and baseball–3 year varsity football and 4 year varsity baseball.He was a first team all league selection all 4 years as a catcher. Mitch then attended Glendale Community College and red shirted his freshman year.

After the fall of his second year, Mitch received a scholarship to Bacone College in Muskogee, OK. Due to a coaching change, he then transferred to Morningside College (IA) where he played 3 years and was on the conference tournament championship team in 2016. That team broke every offensive record at Morningside in 2016 as well and Mitch was an All-conference selection his senior year. He is now the head assistant coach at Cleveland High School in Reseda, CA.

Mitch has two brothers–one of whom was a two time all American in D2 in baseball and was signed by the Baltimore Orioles.