Sean Johnston
Sean Johnston PSOA Head Assigner
I began officiating at the age of 13 for the Tinley Park Bobcats as a way to make some extra money. Since then I have started working NCAA DI, DII, NAIA, and JUCO baseball. In addition, I am a supervisor for the Great Plains Athletic Conference Umpires. This season I am most excited about recruiting, educating, and observing new officials.
Jeff Kopecky
Jeff KopeckyLead Assigner
I started umpiring baseball because I have always loved the game and working outside. I love meeting new people and working in intense situations. I work NCAA DI, DII, DIII, NAIA, and JUCO baseball. Within PSOA I spend most of my time recruiting, developing, assigning, and training. This season I am looking forward to bringing new officials to the organization and helping new officials grow on and off the field.
Scott NanceHead Evaluation Coordinator
I started umpiring when I was 12, working youth games for kids younger than me. Since then I have worked 7 years of youth baseball, 8 years of high school, 5 years of NCAA and JUCO, 10 years in the MiLB, and time in the MLB. Within PSOA I am an instructor and observer. This season I am excited to continue the education and development of umpires.
Ben Engstrand
Ben EngstrandInstructor
I started umpiring as a summer job in college. I was lucky enough to work with my dad early on which helped me develop a passion of the work. This pushed me to continue training and working hard since then, I have worked Varsity High School, NAIA, MiLB in the Midwest League, work at the Wendelstedt Umpire School, work at the Umpire Placement Course, PSOA annual umpire clinic. Within PSOA I serve as an instructor for clinics. This season I am most looking forward to bettering myself as an official and exploring more of the country.
Jake Bruner
Jake BrunerLead Preseason Instructor
I started umpiring for PSOA in the summers during college. It started as a way to make money but quickly became a passion and motivator for self improvement. Since then I have started working MiLB and will be going into my fourth season this year. I currently am in Advanced A ball and also serve as an instructor at the Wendelstedt Umpire School. Within PSOA I help lead preseason meetings and instruct during the November Wendelstedt Umpire Clinic. This season I am most looking forward to developing new officials and further my professional growth in the MiLB.