Pirates enter new era under Darrius Small

by Jackson Shewey

TARPON SPRINGS- There’s a new sheriff in town running the Tarpon Springs Pirates’ organization.

The Pirates will enter their first season with Andy Villamarzo not at the helm of the program, as he confirmed Small is now the new team president/owner heading into 2024.

“This is something that’s been in the making,” Villamarzo said. “I have all the faith that Small will continue to lead the organization in the right direction and eventually, to a championship.”

Villamarzo had intended to return for his 17th season of semi pro football, but after much thought and discussion with Small, the plan to move forward with new leadership was settled on.

Small played a role as a co-owner in the 2023 season and was prepared to take on the ownership role going into the 2024 campaign.

The Tampa native played his high school ball at Middleton Tigers before entering the semi pro football world. Small played for the North Pinellas Decepticons before joining the Pirates in the fall of 2016.

Ever since then, Small has been a loyal member of the Pirates and been a leader on the defensive side of the ball at safety and linebacker.

A multiple time All-Star player, Small looks to make his mark as he embarks on his first season as team owner of the Pirates.