Honey Stinger Announces Fall College Hive Captains


The fall class of Hive Captains include Rutgers soccer player Riley Tiernan, Notre Dame football player Chris Tyree, Temple basketball player Jalynn Holmes, and Auburn football player TJ Finley.

The College Hive is Honey Stinger’s Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) program for collegiate athletes that rolled out in the fall of 2021. The program follows the NCAA’s policy where athletes can benefit from their name, image, and likeness. The College Hive is a diverse group of motivated individuals that encourage others to pursue goals and wholeheartedly appreciate the fun and adventure of sports. It now has over 600 athletes and is continuing to grow.

"The College Hive is home to so many amazing young athletes," said Rich Thompson, CEO of Honey Stinger. "Our four captains are exceptional leaders in their communities, and we are proud to have them as part of the College Hive."

The four College Captains were selected in collaboration with Malka Sports. They will lead an effort to drive awareness through social media and encourage other athletes to join the program. Through the Hive Portal, college athletes can earn cash payments easily distributed through PayPal and Venmo, in addition to product and apparel rewards.

Honey Stinger is dedicated to delivering great-tasting, functional products, and credible resources to inspire and guide The Hive on its individual and collective mission.

In the Spring of 2023, Honey Stinger will add to the existing roster of captains by selecting athletes who are active members of the College Hive this fall semester.  Learn more about the College Hive program and apply here:

Introducing the College Hive Captains!


Honey Stinger College Hive Captain Chris Tyree

Football at University of Notre Dame
About: Chris Tyree, a five-star recruit from Chester, VA, is a running back on the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football team. During the 2021 season, Tyree played in 12 games and made two starts for the Irish in his second season in South Bend. He also finished with 827 all-purpose yards for Notre Dame. In his free time, Chris enjoys cooking and spending time with his family and friends.

Honey Stinger College Hive Captain Riley Tiernan

Soccer at Rutgers University
About: Riley Tiernan, a New Jersey native, is a forward on the No. 4 nationally ranked Rutgers Scarlet Knight women’s soccer team. Earning numerous Big Ten honors in 2021, Tiernan posted a career high 9 shots, one goal, and one assist to help Rutgers secure the win in OT against Arkansas in the NCAA Quarterfinals. Coming into her sophomore year this season, she has already earned many accolades including 2022 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List, 2022 College Soccer Coaches National Players to Watch - Forwards, and 2022 Big Ten Player to Watch.

Honey Stinger College Hive Captain Jalynn Holmes

Basketball at Temple University
About: Jalynn Holmes is a graduate student on the Temple Owls women’s basketball team. Prior to joining the Owls, Holmes led Norfolk State in points, made threes and steals during the 2020-21 season and was named Second Team All-MEAC her senior year. During her high school career, Holmes helped Riverdale Baptist win the NACA Championship and the Dick's National Championship her freshman year and led Riverdale Baptist to a second NACA Championship in 2016.

Honey Stinger College Hive Captain TJ Finley

Football at Auburn University
About: TJ Finley, a Louisiana native, joins the Auburn Tigers as starting QB after his transfer from Louisiana State University. In his first season as a Tiger, Finley engineered the game-winning 98-yard drive against Georgia State and earned the Offensive Player of the Week title. During his senior high school season, Finley completed career-high 168 passes for 2,738 yards.In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, playing pool, and riding around his four-wheelers.