Lee Maes Named Head Assistant Volleyball Coach at Nebraska
Jan. 18, 2005
LINCOLN, NE - University of California associate head women's volleyball coach, Lee Maes, has been named head assistant volleyball coach at Nebraska, it was announced today by Cornhusker head coach John Cook.
Maes had been an assistant coach for Cal's women's program since 1998, serving as associate head coach in 2004. Maes replaces Craig Skinner, who was named the head coach at the University of Kentucky last month. Cook said Maes involvement with the USA Volleyball program and success in helping the Golden Bears to three straight NCAA appearances the first by Cal since the late 1980s made him an ideal fit for the Husker program.
'I've had the great fortune of being a Cal Bear for eight years,' said Maes. 'I'm venturing to Nebraska to pursue new opportunities and possibilities, both personally and professionally. I'm grateful to coach Rich Feller for the opportunities, as well as his friendship and support in my new endeavor. It is with much appreciation that I also honor my partners, Chris Bigelow and Ernesto Cazares. A special thank you to Teresa Kuehn and all those who've supported our program from the administration, staff, fans, donors, boosters, alumni, and friends. My final acknowledgement is dedicated to the team. Go Bears!'
'Lee has been an extremely important part of our program and our success here at Cal for the last six years,' said Feller. 'I respect and support his decision to accept this wonderful career opportunity and wish him the best of luck. He will definitely be missed by the Cal faithful.'
In 2004, Cal went 17-12, including wins over eventual national champion Stanford and national semifinalist USC, and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament before finishing No. 18 in the final USA Today/CSTV Coaches poll. The Bears featured Camille Leffall, who earned second-team AVCA All-America honors in 2004. Maes was promoted to associate head coach following the 2003 season in which Cal finished 25-7 overall and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Round of 16 for the first time in school history behind the play of two-time All-American Mia Jerkov.
In addition to his experience in helping with Cal's women's volleyball program, Maes served as the Bears' head men's volleyball coach from 1997 to 2000. In his first season (1997-98), he guided Cal 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 a pair of first-team All-Americans and a second-team All-American. Maes' men's team recorded three consecutive top-five national finishes (1998-2000), amassing an overall record of 98-27.
For the past 11 years, Maes has accumulated extensive national and international experience with the USA Volleyball program. In May of 2004, he coached with the National A-2 Team, winning the gold medal at the 2004 U.S. Open Championships in Atlanta, Ga., where he served as an assistant to Cook. In the summer of 1998, Maes was a coach with the USA Girls Youth National Team that won the gold medal at the NORCECA Zone Championship in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.
Prior to arriving at California, Maes spent seven seasons coaching with the Ichiban Volleyball Club, winning five medals at the Junior Olympic National Championships, including a national title in 1996. Two of his former club players, Misty May and Heather Bown, represented the United States at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Most recently, Maes coached with the Golden Bear Volleyball Club. In 2003, his Golden Bear 18-Forefront team earned the 18-Open bronze medal at the Junior Olympic Championships. Maes served as the girls varsity head coach at Lakewood (Calif.) High School from 1989 to 1997. He was also the boys' varsity coach at Edison High School in Huntington Beach for four seasons (1994-97).
A native of Long Beach, Calif., Maes graduated from Long Beach State in 1994 with a degree in broadcast journalism and geography.