CU volleyball: Lee Maes joins Buffs staff as assistant coach

Lee Maes, a veteran coach with more than 19 years at the NCAA Division I level, will join the University of Colorado volleyball staff as an assistant coach, head coach Jesse Mahoney announced Wednesday.

“Lee Maes is a fantastic addition to our staff here at Colorado,” Mahoney said in a release. “Lee’s extensive experience at the elite NCAA and international levels have given him a comprehensive skill set: he is an adept trainer in the gym, he is technically and tactically innovative and he will be a great mentor for our student-athletes.”

An assistant at Louisville for three seasons (2012-14), Maes helped guide the Cardinals to a 68-27 record. During his tenure at UL, Maes coached three AVCA All-Americans as well as one conference player of the year and a freshman of the year.

Maes left Louisville in 2015 to pursue a master’s degree in liberal studies at Wesleyan University, where he also served as an assistant for the women’s volleyball team.

Before his time at Louisville, Maes was the head coach at Virginia (2008-11). During that time, he and his staff landed the Cavaliers’ first nationally ranked class, as the recruiting class of 2009 was tabbed the 15th best incoming freshman class in the nation. The following year’s class was named the ninth best in the nation.

Before leading the Cavaliers’ program, he served as an assistant at Nebraska for three years. During that time, the Cornhuskers compiled a 95-5 record, won the NCAA championship in 2006, reached the NCAA championship match in 2005 and the NCAA Regional finals in 2007.

Before his stint at UNL, Maes was a member of the University of California women’s volleyball staff from 1998-2005.

Maes graduated from Long Beach State in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and geography.

“I’m thrilled and grateful for this wonderful opportunity to partner with Jesse Mahoney at Colorado,” Maes said. “He and I have known each other for many years. Jesse has been a person who I greatly respect and appreciate as a coach and friend. There is tremendous enthusiasm and optimism for volleyball at CU.”