Director of Player Development
Lead Skills Trainer
Ryan Thomas is the Founder of HoopGrind Basketball and serves as the Director of Player Development. Coach Thomas acquired a passion and a dedication for the game early in life that earned him a scholarship to play college basketball at Concordia University where he played for 2 years before transferring to finish his playing career at division I Central Michigan University.
Coach Thomas has served in many roles around the game including athletic director (Ed White High School and Impact Christian Academy), coach (YBOA, AAU, High School), lead skills trainer (Breakthrough Basketball) and more over the past 13+ years.
Coach Thomas has become one of the most sought after trainers due to his attention to detail, innovation, ability to breakdown the game and teach skills and instill abilities that translate to on court performance. He has helped thousands of athletes from the youth level to the professional ranks around the country.
Darrin Eakins is the Co-Owner of HoopGrind Basketball and leads all business development. As Director of Business Development, Coach Eakins is at the center of HoopGrind’s product development, strategic markets and partnerships.
Outside of HoopGrind Basketball, Coach Eakins holds executive positions with the ABA semi-pro basketball organization; Nassau Pride. There he drives a robust business model that is exclusively essential to the team’s growth and success, while enhancing the customer experience and improving profitability.
Coach Eakins has over 9 years of management & coaching experience and closely focuses on HoopGrind’s critical capabilities of growth and development through products and business initiatives.