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.


Dr. Jeremy Coleman - Owner

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

Darrin Eakins is the Founder of Golden Age Innovations and the Co-Owner of HoopGrind Basketball. 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.   


Michael Zenni - Sports Marketing Intern

Michael Zenni is a rising junior at the University of Miami, majoring in Sport Administration and minoring in Marketing and Business Law. He is an active member of the school’s Undergraduate Sport Professionals’ Organization for Research and Training (USPORT). Michael is a Jacksonville native, having graduated from Ponte Vedra High School in 2017. He has had a life-long passion for sports and has played competitive baseball and basketball, as well as numerous recreational sports. He has also volunteered his time to support youth sport programs in the local community and is currently an assistant coach for a 16U travel baseball team in Jacksonville. Most recently, he served as manager for the University of Miami women’s tennis team that finished the season ranked in the top 20 nationally. Michael is extremely excited to bring his enthusiasm and energy to the Pride and Nassau County.    


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.  


Jeff Campbell - Sports Management Intern

Jeff Campbell will be a senior at Campbell University in North Carolina this Fall. He is pursuing a Bachelors degree in Sports Management with a minor in Business Administration.  Jeff has interned with the Fernandina Beach High School football team Summer of 2018. At Campbell, he recently completed an internship with Campbell Football: Spring of 2019. Jeff graduated from Fernandina Beach High School in 2016.  Every morning before school, he helped students of Southside Elementary school in the computer lab. Jeff also refereed and filmed Upward Basketball for many consecutive years.


Advisory Board

Dr. Alan Miller - Physician at Coastal Spine and Pain Center. Former President of the Nassau County Medical Society.

Don Hughes - Former Executive Director at FSCJ Nassau. Former President of the Chamber of Commerce; Greater Nassau County

Dr. Kathy Burns - Superintendent; Nassau County Public School District

Robin Lentz - Executive Director of Take Stock in Children; Nassau County. Former Mayor of Fernandina Beach.

George Raysor - Principal at Yulee Middle School. Former Principal at Yulee Elementary School.

Taco Pope - Director of Planning & Economic Opportunity; Nassau County.

Dale Green - Veteran Fireman: Nassau County Fire Station 20. Head Basketball Coach at Raines High School.

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