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.
Doug Brotherton is entering his 14th year of coaching basketball, and his 6th year at the helm of The Village School girls varsity basketball program. Coach Brotherton is also very involved at all levels of basketball. He is a NBA Regional Scout for the Chicago Bulls. He is a content contributor, and Director of Content for FastModel Sports. He is the Director of Coach Development at HoopGrind Basketball. Coach Brotherton was elected as the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Large Private School Board Member. This past year, Coach Brotherton helped develop the drills and coaches packets for Jay Bilas Basketball Camps.
Coach Brotherton’s coaching career started at Shepherd High School, where he became the youngest varsity coach in the State of Michigan, before leading the program to the first playoff win in 31 years. After four successful years of coaching at Shepherd High School, Coach Brotherton accepted the Head Coaching position at Mid Michigan Community College. At MMCC, Coach Brotherton built the Men’s basketball program. In two short seasons, the Lakers were already ranked as the #2 junior college men’s basketball team in the state of Michigan. Coach Brotherton’s next job was at The Village School. In his first five years, the Lady Vikings have never had a varsity player academically ineligible, including eight Academic All-State players in the past two years. The varsity team has also increased their win total in each of his five years. Last season, the Lady Vikings finished 27-6, were ranked in the Top 10 for all private schools in the state of Texas, and advanced to the State Quarterfinals for the second year in a row. Coach Brotherton is married to Megan Brotherton, and has two daughters (Madison – 4, Peyton – 2).
Coach Eakins leads all business operations at HoopGrind Basketball. As Director of Operations, Coach Eakins is responsible for developing strategies that drives company growth including strategic planning, acquisitions, finance, analytics, investor relations and technology.
Coach Eakins has been at the center of HoopGrind’s strategic development. He has brought innovative business concepts and engineering expertise into such vital roles as Director of Business Development and Manager of Technology, Products & Merchandise.
Prior to joining HoopGrind Basketball in 2015, Coach Eakins held executive positions at Golden Age Innovations and GAI Sports Marketing, where he developed and implemented client-centric technology strategies that drove productivity, enhanced client service and improved profitability.
Coach Eakins is also a former athlete and has over 7 years of coaching experience at multiple levels ranging from AAU to High School Basketball. As Director of Operations, Coach Eakins closely focuses on HoopGrind’s critical capabilities of development from not only a business standpoint but also teaching and mentoring. He provides student athletes an operational model that is essential to their education and growth post basketball. This outlet gives him oversight of a workplace design, which aims to create physical environments that unlocks continued creativity and unleashes the vast human potential of all HoopGrind’s student athletes.