Colorado head volleyball coach Jesse Mahoney announced on Wednesday that assistant Lee Maes has been promoted to associate head coach effective immediately.

"Lee is a consummate professional and an integral part of our staff and volleyball program," Mahoney said in a statement. "Our players are lucky to have him as a coach and a mentor and I look forward to working with him for years to come."

Maes, who is in his second year with the Buffs, also serves as the team's recruiting coordinator.

During the 2016 season, he helped the Buffs to a 14-16 overall record, as well as a 6-14 mark in Pac-12 play. CU finished its non-conference slate with an 8-2 record, which included back-to-back wins against ranked opponents for the first time in school history when the Buffs took down No. 13 Penn State and No. 17 Illinois at the Pac-12/Big Ten Challenge.

CU also earned its first win against Colorado State since 2002, defeating the Rams 3-1.

Formerly the head coach at Virginia, Maes arrived at Colorado on the heels of a one-year assistant job at Wesleyan University, where he completed a master's degree in liberal studies, and a three-season run as an assistant at Louisville.

Overall, Maes boasts 20 years of coaching experience at the Division I level.

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