|Alma Mater:||BYU (2015)|
Jaylen Reyes joined the Nebraska volleyball program as an assistant coach in March 2018. Reyes coaches the Husker middle blockers and defense while helping coordinate game plans and scouting reports and assisting with other positions.
In his first year on the Nebraska volleyball staff as an assistant coach, Reyes made a huge impact in helping the Huskers to a fourth-straight final four and an NCAA runner-up finish with a team that included eight newcomers. Reyes coordinated Nebraska's blocking and defense and led the Huskers to their best opponent hitting percentage since 2005 (.144). That mark led the Big Ten, and Nebraska held 13 opponents to their season-low hitting percentage. In conference play only, the Huskers averaged 2.89 blocks per set, the most in the Big Ten.
Under Reyes' guidance, middle blocker Lauren Stivrins hit .421 during the season, the third-highest mark in school history, and she was an AVCA first-team All-American. Middle blocker Callie Schwarzenbach had 177 total blocks, a Nebraska freshman record and the eighth-highest total by a Husker in the rally-scoring era. Outside hitter Mikaela Foecke was also an AVCA first-team All-American, bringing Reyes' total of All-Americans coached to seven in four years as an NCAA Division I assistant. In May 2019, Reyes served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Women's Collegiate National Team as they toured Japan.
Reyes, a former BYU libero, was an assistant coach for the BYU men's volleyball team from 2016-18. He handled player development and was the recruiting coordinator for the Cougars, who reached the NCAA Championship match in 2016 and 2017 and were NCAA semifinalists in 2018. A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, 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 coaching staff.
Reyes helped lead BYU to a 26-5 (16-2 MPSF) record in 2017, winning a share of the conference regular-season title. The Cougars reached the national championship match for a second-consecutive season. BYU went 27-4 (19-3 MPSF) in 2016 – Reyes’ first season on staff – also winning the conference title and playing in the national final. In 2018, the Cougars reached the national semifinals once again and finished with a 22-7 overall record while winning the MPSF tournament title. Reyes coached four AVCA All-Americans in each of his three seasons at BYU.
Reyes’ other coaching experience includes serving as the lead coach at the Gold Medal Squared Clinic since 2014, and as an assistant coach with the SCVA High Performance Team in the International Youth Division at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships, winning silver in 2017 and bronze in 2016.
Reyes received his bachelor’s degree from BYU in exercise science in 2015. He was the starting libero for the Cougars from 2012-15 and received AVCA All-America honorable mention in 2015. Reyes helped his team to back-to-back MPSF regular-season and tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2013-14. Reyes is BYU’s all-time rally-scoring era leader in games played (431) and is second in career digs (762).
“After interviewing all of our candidates and putting them through an extensive interview process, Jaylen separated himself from the others," Head Coach John Cook said. "Jaylen is a second-generation coach. His dad, Tino, coached for years, so Jaylen has grown up in a gym. He was hired to coach at BYU a few days after completing his playing career. Coaching volleyball is in his DNA. We wanted someone who was willing to crawl here just like Andy Dufresne in the movie, ‘The Shawshank Redemption’. Our players and the Husker Nation will love his energy, passion and ability to teach the game.”