Biography

The Nassau Pride is a professional basketball team based in Nassau County, Florida. We are a member of the American Basketball Association (ABA).

Founded by Darrin Eakins and Dr. Jeremy Coleman, the mission of the Nassau Pride is to provide a new level of sports and entertainment to Nassau County and surrounding Florida communities. The Nassau Pride focuses on strong community involvement through enrichment and development programs. We represent more than 5 of Florida’s northern most cities, bringing together a diverse group of sports fans from around the community, as we are the county’s first professional sports team.

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Dr. Jeremy Coleman - Owner / President of Business Operations

Dr. Jeremy Coleman is the Medical Director at UF Health - Yulee. A native of Nassau County, Dr. Coleman received his doctorate from Duke University. Dr. Coleman specializes in family health and sports medicine. As the Medical Director, Dr. Coleman has established everlasting community ties through medical care and philanthropy. Dr. Coleman volunteers as the team Physician at Yulee High School and West Nassau High School. He leads all business operations for the Nassau Pride and was instrumental in bringing the team to Nassau County; its first professional sports team. 


Darrin C. Eakins - Owner / President of Basketball Operations

Darrin Eakins is the Owner of Golden Age Innovations and the Co-Founder of HoopGrind Basketball in Jacksonville, Florida. Mr. Eakins is a graduate of Florida A&M University. It was there where he discovered his passion for business and sports entertainment. Mr. Eakins is a former Basketball Coach with ties throughout the collegiate and professional sports industry. Leading all basketball operations for the Nassau Pride, Mr. Eakins drives a robust business model that is exclusively essential to the team’s growth and success.  


Andrea Peterson - Director of Business Development & Game Day Operations

A native of Nassau County, Ms. Peterson is a graduate of the University Of Florida where she majored in Sports Management. During her undergraduate studies, she discovered her passion to bring communities together through the use of sports. Ms. Peterson is a former athlete and has worked in the professional sports industry with teams such as the Philadelphia 76ers. As the Director of Business Development and Game Day Operations, Ms. Peterson is excited to collaborate with the Nassau County community to ignite the morale for the home team.   


Matthew Jasinski - Sports Management Intern

Matthew Jasinski is a sophomore at Keiser University, majoring in Sports Medicine and Fitness Technology. Matthew is a native of Nassau County, having graduated West Nassau High School In 2018. Living a life driven by sports, Matthew played football and wrestled during his time at West Nassau. This passion was the a catalyst for choosing a career path in sports. Matthew is extremely excited to be a part of something as impactful as the Nassau Pride; Nassau County's first professional sports team.