Biography

The Nassau Pride is a professional basketball team based in Nassau County, Florida. The Pride competes in the American Basketball Association as a member of the league's Southeast Region.

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 innovation through 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.   


Joe Dardy - Sports Media Relations Coordinator

A resident of Nassau County, Mr. Dardy joins the Nassau Pride as the Sports Media Relations Coordinator. He is responsible for all media and communication strategies for the Pride, as well as play-by-play analysis on game days. Prior to joining the Pride, Dardy was a Sports Reporter for ESPN 950 AM, and a color analyst for the Indiana Legends professional basketball team. Mr. Dardy comes with over 15 years experience in collegiate and professional Sports Media. He is a graduate of Indiana State University where he majored in Communications. During his tenure at Indiana State, he worked as a public address announcer and was the host of their campus Sports Talk Show. Mr. Dardy is excited to join the Nassau Pride family and bring a jolting in game experience to Nassau County.