Jaylen Reyes

Jaylen Reyes will join the Nebraska volleyball team as assistant coach after being an assistant for the BYU men’s team for three seasons.

In looking to hire a new assistant coach, Nebraska volleyball coach John Cook wanted to find a coach who really wanted to be at Nebraska. Cook thinks he’s found that person, announcing the hire of BYU men’s assistant coach Jaylen Reyes on Friday.

Reyes replaces Tyler Hildebrand, who resigned after one season with the Huskers for a job with USA volleyball, where he’ll help lead the beach volleyball teams that will compete in the Olympics.

Like Hildebrand, Reyes is a young coach who comes to Nebraska from coaching college men’s volleyball. Reyes graduated from college in 2015 and was quickly hired by BYU, where he finished his playing career as a libero.

Reyes has been an assistant coach for BYU for the past three seasons. He’ll wait to join the Huskers until the men’s volleyball season is over in May. BYU is ranked No. 2 in the country.

Reyes will be one of the Huskers’ two full-time assistants, joining former Husker libero Kayla Banwarth. Reyes will help coordinate the Huskers’ defense and coach all positions.

Cook knew it would be a challenge to replace Hildebrand, and quickly went to work to do so.

“My first call was to one of my closest advisers in the volleyball world, and he told me about a young coach and rising star, Jaylen Reyes,” Cook said in a news release. “Jaylen’s team knocked Tyler’s Long Beach State team out of the Final Four last year, so I decided to start with that accomplishment. After interviewing all of our candidates and putting them through an extensive interview process, Jaylen separated himself from the others."

Reyes handled player development and was the recruiting coordinator for the Cougars, who reached the national championship match each of the past two seasons.

A native of Honolulu, Reyes is the son of Tino Reyes, who was the head women’s volleyball coach at the University of Hawaii at Hilo from 2010-15, and spent 17 years as associate head coach on the Hawaii men’s volleyball staff.

Jaylen Reyes considers coming to coach at Nebraska a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

"Growing up as a lifelong volleyball fan, I’ve always appreciated and even idolized Coach Cook," Reyes said in a news statement. "Getting to know him these past couple weeks, I can see the type of leadership qualities and attention to detail it takes to be as successful as he has been.”

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Sports reporter

Brent has worked at the Journal Star for 14 years. His beats include Nebraska volleyball, women's basketball and high school soccer and cross country.

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