Coaching Staff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head Coach: Lance Spongberg

Lance Spongberg will be in his fourth year as the Haysville Aviators Head Coach. At the age of 28, from Sutton, Nebraska, he is looking to continue his desired career as a college baseball coach.  He is currently at Ottawa University in his third 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: Jason Hickey

Jason Hickey will be in his first year as the Haysville Aviators Assistant Coach. At the age of 24, from Grand Rapids, Michigan he is looking to continue his desired career as a college baseball coach.  He is currently a teacher and baseball coach at Grand Rapids West Catholic High School. In his first year at the school and on the baseball staff he teaches Social Studies classes and is Co-Head Coach on the Junior Varsity team. Jason handles the outfielders and offensive duties for the team.  Before the COVID-19 shortened season in 2020, he was on the baseball Coaching Staff at East Grand Rapids High School where he coached outfielders and hitters.

While at Adrian College, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education, Jason was a member of the 2016 and 2017 MIAA Champion Varsity Baseball teams as an outfielder. In the summer, Jason played for the Shoreline Salmon of the Michigan Summer Collegiate League. During his time at Adrian he also worked for the ACHA D1 hockey team as the Equipment Specialist and Team Manager. During his role with the hockey team he was a part of the 2018 ACHA National Championship team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chaplain: Charlie Campbell

Charlie Campbell is excited for his first season as the chaplain of the Haysville Aviators. He is a recent graduate of Baylor University’s Truett Seminary where he completed his Master of Divinity with a focus in Sports Ministry. Before that, he earned a BA in Religion from Baylor, concentrating on biblical languages. Charlie currently resides in Waco, TX with his wife, Kaitlyn, getting ready to celebrate their second anniversary. When they aren’t watching baseball, you can find them playing racquetball, on the disc golf course, or throwing axes.

Charlie felt called into ministry in high school, but it wasn’t until college that he felt called to be a sports chaplain. He spent several years as the Assistant Director of Broadcasting and Communications, eventually working his way up to Vice President of Baseball Operations in the Sunbelt League in Atlanta, GA. It was during this time Charlie saw a way to combine his love of ministry and baseball, and began working towards fulfilling his call to minister to ball players of all ages.