FORMER FLORIDA FLIGHT PLAYER TO LEAD THE POINCIANA PRIDE AS HEAD COACH

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Gregory St. Remy calls out the play against the Heartland Prowl in 2012

(Orlando, FL) – Former Florida Flight player Gregory St. Remy has been named the new Head Coach of the 2018 FBA expansion Poinciana Pride.

St. Remy began his professional basketball career with the Flight after college stops at St. Olaf College (NCAA III) and Webber International University (NAIA I). As a rookie, he helped lead the Flight to the Championship game, falling short on the road to the Cary Invasion in 2011.

Life circumstances caused St. Remy to down shift his playing career, choosing to devote more time to being a husband in 2014 and a father in 2015. He launched his Light Ball Basketball program in his hometown of Kissimmee to stay involved with the game. His remained a regular face of the Florida Flight, attending practices as a mentor for new players and promoting and attending various events.

“I’ve always known Greg would eventually coach,” said Flight Owner and Head Coach Mark King. “From day one, he has always been one of the most vocal players on and off the floor. He’s always been a sponge, soaking in both the business and the basketball happenings with the Flight. I’m excited to see how he does coaching professionally for the first time.”

h24-logoTaking notice of the growth of the FBA, St. Remy and another former Florida Flight teammate, Dimas Cintron, made the jump from players to owners in 2017, partnering up to launch the Pride. Following the lead of another Flight player, Corey Williams, who also owns the FBA’s Space Coast Stars in Melbourne, Florida, they become the 2nd and 3rd players from the Florida Flight to move into team ownership.

“This opportunity is exciting, but also very important to me. A coach sometimes fills the role of a parent, mentor or big brother to players,” said St. Remy. “It’s an honor to be in a position to bring this team to my community and help players pursue pro basketball as a career and hopefully achieve greatness, just as Coach King has been doing with the Florida Flight and the entire FBA. He and Commissioner (Greg) Kite have given me a tremendous opportunity, and it really says a lot about what the FBA can really do for players. Dimas and I are looking forward to a great first year.”

The team is hosting their first tryout on Sunday, January 14th, at the Mary Jane Arrington Gym and Aquatic Center. Tryouts take place from 2:00pm – 5:00pm. Players can pre-register or pay at the door. The inaugural season kicks off on March 3rd when they host an FBA Kickoff tournament, in which every FBA team will compete. For more information, visit http://www.poincianapride.com.

 

About the Pride: The Poinciana Pride is an expansion FBA team of the Florida Basketball Association. The mission of the Poinciana Pride is to utilize the platform of professional basketball to invest in the lives of others. For more information on the Pride, please visit www.poincianapride.com.

 

About the FBA: The Florida Basketball Association is a Florida-based professional basketball league providing a development, branding and exposure platform for athletes, referees and other individuals seeking to further their professional basketball careers. For more information on the FBA, please visit www.thefba.com.

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THE FLORIDA FLIGHT ADD 2-TIME NCAA CHAMPION AND NBA VETERAN CHRIS RICHARD AS PLAYER DEVELOPMENT COACH

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(Orlando, FL) – The Florida Flight bolstered its coaching staff this week by adding Florida Gator Chris Richard as the team’s Player Development Coach.

Richard brings a wealth of championship experience to the Flight. As a high school standout, he led Kathleen High School to a state championship in 2001, while also garnering the Mr. Basketball award and Player of the year honors in Florida. In college, he continued his championship-winning ways, playing a significant role in helping the University of Florida win back to back NCAA Championships in 2006 and 2007. In 2007, he was also named the Southeastern Conference Sixth Man of the Year.

Following four successful years as a Gator, the Minnesota Timberwolves Updated CPA Logoselected Richard with their 41st pick in the second round of the 2007 NBA draft. After one season with the Timberwolves and another with the Bulls, Richard signed with the Liaoning Panpan Dinosaurs of the Chinese  Basketball Association.

“The addition of Chris Richard to our staff will have an extraordinary impact on our team this season, said Flight Head Coach Mark King. “I met Chris at the Orlando Magic Coaches Clinic last year. He brings a championship pedigree that you have to respect and admire. His presence in practice and on the sidelines will have an immediate impact on our players.”

“I’m beyond excited to join the Florida Flight’s coaching staff as the Player Development Coach! I watched these guys play and saw a team that loves to compete, plays physical and most importantly, enjoys playing together. I’m looking forward to working with the Flight organization to help build on the foundation that Coach King has already laid!”

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Richard’s first official practice as the Flight Player Development Coach will be Tuesday, January 10th, at the team’s weekly Flight School workout. Flight School is an innovative meshing of drills, skill development and scrimmages designed to help the team evaluate non-recruited talent from players desiring to play for the Flight. The team will use Flight School to finalize their training camp roster by February 3rd. The 2018 FBA season will begin in March.

About the Flight: The Florida Flight is a member team of the Florida Basketball Association. The mission of the Florida Flight is to utilize the platform of professional basketball to invest in the lives of others. For more information on the Florida Flight, please visit www.flighthoops.com.

About the FBA: The Florida Basketball Association is a Florida-based professional basketball league providing a development, branding and exposure platform for athletes, referees and other individuals seeking to further their professional basketball careers. For more information on the FBA, please visit www.thefba.com.