It's hard to mention high school boys' volleyball in Massachusetts in the last decade and not mention the name of Dave Powell. Since taking over the Needham High School program eight years ago, Powell transformed a program that had not made the state tournament in three consecutive seasons to a perennial state powerhouse. Powell's 2015 team completed one of the most successful runs in Massachusetts boy volleyball history, finishing 26-0 and bringing the program its first ever state title. For his program's effort, Dave Powell was recognized as the 2015 MIAA Coach of the Year and 2015 Boston Globe Coach of the Year. Powell's 2016 team followed that with another trip to the state finals and finished with a 22-3 record. Since 2016, Powell’s teams have continued to remain atop the state, accumulating a 64-6 record, 2 MIAA South titles, and another trip to the MIAA State Finals in 2018. In 2018, Powell was again recognized by the Boston Globe with their Coach of the Year award. In ten years at Needham, Powell has produced eighteen Boston Globe All Scholastics and nineteen Boston Herald All Scholastics, as well as an 10 year record of 223 wins and 37 losses. Prior to taking over the Needham High School Program, Powell coached at his alma mater of Norwood High School where his teams posted their two best records in program history of 15 wins (2006) and 16 wins (2007), two records which still stand today. As a player at Norwood High School, Dave Powell was a Boston Globe and Boston Herald All Scholastic, a two time Bay State Conference All Star, two time team Most Valuable Player, and a recipient of the Leighton Sumner Award, given to the top male student athlete in the graduating class. Powell also had his share of success on the basketball court, being part of a team that made a 2001 trip to the Boston TD Banknorth Garden, and garnering Bay Sate Conference All Star accolades on the hardwood as well. In addition to coaching, Powell has remained active in both basketball and volleyball through officiating, serving as both an NCAA College Basketball and Volleyball Official. A graduate of Wheaton College (B.A., 2006) and Boston College (M.Ed., 2008) Powell currently resides in Newton, Mass. and is a teacher in the Newton Public School system.
Helmas is the current first assistant coach for the women's volleyball team at Babson College. In Patrick's first year at Babson, the school enjoyed a record-breaking campaign. Babson finished the season with a record of 27-9, setting the mark for most wins in school history. Additionally, Helmas was instrumental in Babson's run to a conference championship and their first ever NCAA tournament appearance. When not at Babson, Helmas coaches for SMASH Girls Volleyball, is the head coach for the top 16's SMASH Boys Volleyball team, and is also the assistant coach for the Needham High School boys volleyball team - one of the top ranked boys high school volleyball teams in Massachusetts. While coaching for SMASH Boys, his teams have reached the final in thirteen out of fourteen total NERVA tournaments and have never finished outside of the top three teams in New England. Before his time with PHD Volleyball and Babson College, Helmas has coached men's college volleyball at Bryant University, women's college volleyball at Lesley University, and girls high school volleyball at Concord Carlisle Regional High School. Helmas attended Norwood High School, where he was a Bay State League All-Star for two years, team captain for two years, and Boston Globe All-Scholastic for one year. He played college volleyball at Bryant University for the men's club team where he made the All-Tournament team three of his four years, and had an undefeated senior year in which Bryant won the league title. Helmas still plays open-level outdoor grass and beach doubles tournaments and his men's club volleyball team won the gold medal at Adult Open National Championships where Helmas was named to the All-Tournament Team.