Maes Resigns as Virginia's Head Volleyball Coach
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.-Virginia athletics director Craig Littlepage announced today Lee Maes has resigned as the Cavaliers’ head volleyball coach.
“Lee Maes has been a valued colleague and member of our coaching staff,” Littlepage said. “Having served at some of the best national volleyball programs, Coach Maes increased the profile of our recruiting and he’s been an innovative leader and coach. I appreciate his service in leading our volleyball program.”
Maes joined the Virginia staff in February 2008 after serving as the head women’s assistant coach at Nebraska for three years. He compiled an overall record of 53-70 at UVa, including a mark of 28-52 in ACC play. The Cavaliers finished the 2010 campaign 10-20 overall and 4-16 in conference action.
“I have been fortunate to work with many wonderful people who have been so supportive of the volleyball program,” Maes said. “I’ve enjoyed and appreciated the opportunity to coach at an outstanding university. I’ve been proud to be a dedicated servant to the student-athletes and athletic department. There is no comfort in leaving friends, but I look forward to pursuing change both personally and professionally.”
During his tenure, Maes guided Simone Asque to All-ACC honors in 2009 and ACC All-Freshman in 2008, and McKenzie Adams was named the 2010 ACC Freshman of the Year under Maes’ guidance.
Maes brought in the Cavaliers’ first-ever nationally ranked class in 2009. The trio of Tobi Farrar, Rachel Gray and Jessica O’Shoney were tabbed the 15th-best incoming freshman class from across the nation. Maes and his staff followed that up with 2010’s incoming group of Adams, Rachel Clark, Emily Rottman, Nika Šimenc, Beth Wildermuth and Mallory Woolridge, which ranked ninth nationally – the program’s first-ever top-10 ranking.