meet the Hype Nation Team: the people who make these events happen.
Coach Troy Helton has been tremendously successful in coaching the sport of volleyball both at the High School and Club Levels. Not only has he built winning (and enduring) programs at each of the 4 High Schools he has been associated with over the past 12 years, but he also serves as director of the 3rd largest club in the Southern Region – Ethos Volleyball Club – a club that he founded in 2010 while teaching High School Math.
Coach Helton’s love for the game is evident in the way he coaches. He is meticulous about practice preparation, scouting, and seeks to learn everything about the sport of volleyball. Not only does he serve as Director of Ethos Volleyball Club but he is also the founder & current Director of the Tennessee Volleyball Association – an organization that provides coaching clinics, skills camps, and satellite camps across the State of Tennessee.
Troy has been running tournaments now for the past 10 years and partners with clubs all over the country. He prides himself on doing right by the clubs he works with, the players, coaches, referees, and spectators who attend the events. He works hard to ensure that the facility staff always enjoys having his tournament staff on-site as well.
Andy has been coaching collegiately for 12 years. Most recently Andy has been the Head Coach at Navarro College in Corsicana, TX. The Bulldogs won the 2019 NJCAA Division 1 National Championship with a 31-0 record. Cavins was NJCAA Division 1 National Coach of the Year and also recruited and coached the NJCAA National Player of the Year.
Prior to Navarro, Andy was the Head Coach at Lindsey Wilson College in Kentucky for eight seasons. He is the all-time winningest LWC and during his 8yrs had a record of 272-38 including 8 consecutive NAIA National Tournament appearances with two NAIA Fab Fours, four straight national quarterfinal appearances, and one National Championship in 2017.
In addition to LWC, Cavins has coached for Dallas Summit & Union Volleyball Club for the last eight seasons and has consistently coached Top 50 nationally-ranked teams according to PrepVolleyball. His 2012 (17 open), 2014 (17 open), 2015 (17 open), and 2016 (18 open) all qualified for the USAV National Championship.
Cavins has been running and assisting with sanctioned USAV and JVA events since 2009 throughout the country including events in the North Texas Region, Pioneer Region, Southern Region, Carolina Region, Ohio Valley Region, and So Cal Region.
Justin is an Athletic Event Professional with a diverse experience supporting a variety of Events. Justin’s experiences include working with Florida Gator Athletics Operations, South Florida Bulls Athletic Operations, Endurance Sports, Fitness Coaching, Sports Tourism and Adult & Youth Recreation. Justin brings his tremendous energy and attention to detail to his role as Event Manager for The Sports Facilities Companies.
In his role as Event Manager, Justin oversees the Events Department and the planning and execution of SFC’s event schedule between Hype Nation Volleyball and Maxout Cheer. With all events, Justin works tirelessly to ensure operational efficiency and a superior athlete & guest experience.
Prior to his work at SFC, Justin supported operations for large sports events at the University of South Florida and the University of Florida. This includes supporting football gameday operations at both schools.
Justin received his M.S. in Sport Management from the University of Florida in 2021. Some of his notable projects include St. Anthony’s Triathlon (2023), Best Damn Race Events (2023), and Camping World Kickoff (2019).