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Coaches

Get to know about the coaches of Ligthning Athletics Omaha and their experience in this field!

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Coach Zimmerman has been coaching youth sports such as football, baseball and basketball for over 12 years. Zimmerman has played competitive softball nationally for 10 years and has been a USS football certified coach since 2015. Zimmerman has taken his experience and skills with him over the years and joined Lightning Athletics in 2020.

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Mike Zimmerman

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Sam Leng has been coaching baseball and softball at various levels since 2010.  He started
coaching with Offutt Lightning in 2014 and has a Nebraska USSSA State Championship and a Second Place Finish in the State Championship.
As the Director of Baseball Operations Coach Sam oversees all coaches and manages the program to ensure all teams progress. Coach Sam currently coaches the 11 Red team for 2022.

Sam Leng

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 Coach Gary Brollier's background in baseball started back at his time at Bellevue East. Since 2004, he has coached both baseball and softball and is also an instructor in bow hunting and archery. Brollier graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Law and currently works as a Juvenile Court Prosecutor for Sarpy County.

Gary Brollier

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Head Coach Noah has been coaching baseball since 2018 and started with Lightning Athletics in 2019. Coach Leng played varsity baseball at Platteview High school and South High School. Leng is currently at York College and is double majoring in Sports Management and Business Communications.

Noah Leng

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Brian Ault

Brian Ault is the Vice President of Lightning Athletics Omaha.  Brian was
one of the original board members when the organization first formed under
the name Offutt Lightning Select Baseball and has graduated two sons from
the program.  Brian was an assistant coach for the Lightning from 2009-2016 and is the current 8U head coach.

Sam Leng

Sam Leng has been coaching baseball and softball at various levels since 2010.  He started
coaching with Offutt Lightning in 2014 and has a Nebraska USSSA State Championship and a Second Place Finish in the State Championship.
As the Director of Baseball Operations Coach Sam oversees all coaches and manages the program to ensure all teams progress. Coach Sam currently coaches the 11 Red team for 2022.

Board Members

President Section

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James Fern
President

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James Fern is the 501C3 President of Lightning Athletics Omaha.  Coach Fern is a 25-year U.S. Air Force Veteran who has been involved with youth sports since 1984.  He has coached numerous select baseball teams up to AAA/Majors with an appearance in the USSSA AAA/Majors Global World Series. Coach Fern was an assistant coach for Legion Post 348 and Fort Calhoun High School.

In 2009, he founded the Offutt Lightning Select Baseball Association then reorganized into a 501c3 in 2012 renaming the organization Lightning Athletics Omaha.

In December 2017, Coach Fern partnered with Bellevue Shockers Softball to open an indoor training facility in Bellevue NE for baseball and softball called The Powerhouse. 

Coach Fern has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (2009) and believes in teaching all players in mental training and strategy of athletics, maintaining a positive attitude, and providing inspiration to young players to accomplish great things not only in sports but in education and their community. 

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