A school recorder holder will join the BYU coaching staff for the upcoming season.
BYU coach Shawn Olmstead announced during the weekend that he hired former Cougars starting libero Jaylen Reyes to be an assistant coach.
Reyes was a four-year starter for BYU and helped the Cougars win back-to-back MPSF championships in 2013 and 2014. He also finished his college career in April with the school’s career dig record during the rally scoring era at 762 and has three of the top five spots in the BYU record books for single-match digs.
“We are excited about the addition of Jaylen to our program,” Olmstead said in a statement. “Not a day went by in his career that he wasn’t in the gym an hour before practice getting better, and I enjoyed watching his work pay off for him. He comes from a great volleyball family and is very well connected in the volleyball community, which will add tremendously to our recruiting efforts. He loves this game and is eager to take on a new role within the BYU men’s volleyball program.”
BYU finished last season in fifth place in the MPSF and lost in the conference tournament quarterfinals. In addition, Reyes was named an All-American honorable mention.
Despite losing Reyes, the Cougars in 2016 return a majority of starters and add former All-American opposite Ben Patch, who returns from a two-year church mission.
Jeyes is the final addition to Olmstead’s coaching staff. Olmstead after being hired in the summer to replace former head coach Chris McGown also retained Luke Slabe as an assistant coach.