Lee Maes Named Associate Head Women's Volleyball Coach
March 9, 2004
BERKELEY, CA - University of California assistant women's volleyball coach Lee Maes, who was instrumental in the Golden Bears finishing with their best season in school history in 2003, has been promoted to associate head coach, it was announced today by Cal head coach Rich Feller.
'This is a well-earned promotion for Lee,' said Feller. 'He has executed the responsibilities I have assigned to him with competence and alacrity. I believe we have one of the best coaching staffs in the country and I wanted to do everything in my power to assure we remain intact as we continue to gain national prominence.'
The Cal volleyball coaching staff will be entering its sixth season together for the upcoming 2004 campaign, the longest existing partnership of any Pacific-10 volleyball program. Maes will continue his duties as technical trainer and scouting coordinator, while assistant coach Chris Bigelow will continue as the program's chief recruiting coordinator.
In 2003, the No. 12 ranked Bears finished with a 25-7 overall record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Round of 16 for the first time in school history. Cal also captured a school-record 12 Pac-10 matches, had the best winning percentage in school history (.781) and posted back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1981-83. The Bears won 16 consecutive matches to start the 2003 season, defeated Stanford for the first time since 1982 and earned its highest national ranking ever (No. 5) on Oct. 13. Cal won NCAA first and second round matches with victories over Saint Mary's and Michigan at Haas Pavilion, before falling to Georgia Tech, 3-1, Dec. 12 in Honolulu.
As a credit to all of the Bears' team accomplishments and hard work of the Cal coaching staff in 2003, Feller was named both Pac-10 Coach of the Year and Tachikara/AVCA Pacific Region Co-Coach of the Year. It was the first time a Cal volleyball coach had ever been named Region Coach of the Year.
In 1998, Maes first became an assistant coach with the Cal women's volleyball program, and ended up taking over as head coach when Sue Woodstra resigned mid-season. Prior to that, he had also served as Cal's head men's volleyball coach from 1997-00, and in his first season (1997-98) led the Bears to the NCCVL Conference championship and a national runner-up finish at the NIRSA Collegiate Club National Championship in Austin, Texas. That season culminated in Maes being honored as Coach of the Year as he helped produce two, first team All-Americans and a second team All-American.
A native of Long Beach, Maes graduated from Long Beach State in 1994 with a degree in broadcast journalism and geography. Besides coaching the Bears, he has been involved with the Golden Bear Volleyball Club Team and has accumulated extensive national and international experience with USA Volleyball, coaching the USA Youth National and High Performance Teams. This past summer, his Golden Bear 18-Forefront team earned the 18-Open bronze medal at the Junior Olympic Championships. USA Volleyball recently announced Maes will be serving as a coach for the National A2 Team this May. He will return to continue coaching the USA National Team at the World University Games in the summer of 2005.