After four years in Lincoln, Jaylen Reyes has earned a promotion.
Coach John Cook announced on Tuesday that Reyes, who has served as the team’s recruiting coordinator, will slide into the lead assistant role following the departure of associate head coach Tyler Hildebrand.
On Sunday, Long Beach State announced that it had hired Hildebrand, a Beach alumnus, to lead its women’s team.
“Jaylen is committed to Nebraska volleyball, and we’re thrilled to see him rewarded for his hard work, especially with our stellar recruiting classes,” Cook said in a release. “He’s putting down roots in Lincoln, and our program will continue to succeed with a young coach of his caliber on our bench.”
Reyes joined the program in March of 2018 ad has helped the Huskers secure the No. 1 recruiting class in 2021 and the No. 2 class in 2022 including the No. 1 player in the country in both classes (setter Kennedi Orr in 2021, outside hitter Hayden Kubik in 2022), according to PrepVolleyball.com. The Huskers also currently boast the top class for 2023 including the No. 1 recruit in outside hitter Harper Murray.
Reyes has also worked closely with the libbers and defense while assisting in game planning and scouting reports among other duties. The Huskers boasted a top-10 defense in the country in 2021 while freshman libero Lexi Rodriguez made history as the first player at her position to win AVCA Freshman of the Year.
A Hawaii native, Reyes is a BYU alumnus, serving as the starting libero for the men’s team from 2012 to 2015. Following his playing career, Reyes transitioned to coaching at BYU, serving as an assistant from 2016 until he left for Nebraska.
“I’m thrilled to continue my journey with the Nebraska volleyball program into the future,” Reyes said. “It has been a privilege to coach these incredible student-athletes over the last four seasons, and I’m excited to be a part of our current and future Huskers’ journey for a championship.
“I want to thank Chancellor Ronnie Green and Vice Chancellor, Athletic Director Trev Alberts for their generous support. I also want to sincerely thank Coach Cook for taking a chance on a 25-year-old coach in 2018. I am grateful for his mentorship and for the opportunity to be a part of the best volleyball program in the country for years to come. There is no place like Nebraska.”
Hildebrand’s departure means Cook will be looking for a new assistant coach for the fifth time since 2017 as Chris Tamas, Dani Busboom Kelly, Kayla Banwarth and Hildebrand (twice) have all left to take head coaching jobs elsewhere. Former setter Kelly Hunter has served as a volunteer assistant for the past two seasons and stepped into an active assistant role following Banwarth’s departure in 2019 until Hildebrand completed his duties with the USA Beach team.
Jacob is in his third year with Hail Varsity covering Husker athletics. He has also written extensively for SB Nation’s Bright Side of the Sun and The Creightonian. His love of basketball can best be described as an obsession and if you need to find him, he’s probably in a gym somewhere watching, coaching or playing hoops.