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 operations. As Director of Operations, Coach Eakins is at the center of HoopGrind’s strategic development.
Outside of HoopGrind Basketball, Coach Eakins holds executive positions with the ABA semi-pro basketball organization: Nassau Pride. There he develops and implements client-centric technology strategies that drive productivity, enhance client service and improved profitability.
Coach Eakins has over 8 years of coaching experience and closely focuses on HoopGrind’s critical capabilities of development through service programs and business initiatives. He provides athletes an operational model that is essential to their career post basketball.