Big Ten Volleyball Coaching Changes
Jan. 23, 2018

Adam Hughes Named Head Volleyball Coach


COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Executive athletic director Damon Evans announced Tuesday that Adam Hughes has been elevated to head coach of the Maryland volleyball program. Previously the associate head coach for the Terrapins, Hughes is the fifth head coach in program history.

Hughes, 33, was promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2017 season after serving as an assistant coach from 2014-16. In the last four seasons, Hughes has played an instrumental role in transitioning the program into the nation's best volleyball conference, the Big Ten. This past season, the Terps posted 18 wins, the most since 2010. Maryland also notched its best Big Ten finish, earning seven wins.

In the last two years, Maryland has brought in its first-ever ranked recruiting classes: No. 16 in 2016 and No. 10 in 2017. Hughes played a major role in bringing in six Under Armour All-Americans in the last two years, including four in the 2017 freshman class.

Hughes has helped increase excitement around the program as the Terps have set eight of their top-10 attendance records in the last four seasons.

In 2015, Hughes was named a recipient of the prestigious 'Thirty Under 30' award by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, which honors the top-30 up-and-coming volleyball coaches under the age of 30.

In addition, Hughes will retain assistant coach Kristin Carpenter and director of operations Kyle Thompson on his staff.

Before Maryland, Hughes served as director of operations at Penn State, helping the Nittany Lions to the 2013 NCAA Championship. He previously served as a manager and volunteer assistant at his alma mater from 2003-08. In nine seasons in State College, Hughes helped Penn State to three national titles and eight Big Ten Conference championships.

Hughes earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the Penn State Smeal School of Business in 2006.

A native of State College, Pa., Hughes and his wife Alice have a daughter, Harper.

Indiana Hires Aird as Head Volleyball Coach


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass announced today that Steve Aird is the new head volleyball coach at Indiana University. A two-time NCAA champion as an assistant coach at Penn State, Aird is an elite recruiter who has spent the last four seasons successfully turning around the Maryland program as its head coach.

At Maryland, Aird inherited a program that not only went 13-19 and finished 13th in the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2013, but was also preparing the join arguably the nation's best volleyball conference - the Big Ten. After winning just 10 matches overall and three in the Big Ten in his debut season, Aird quickly turned the Terrapins' fortunes around. This year's 18 wins represented the program's most since 2010, while the seven conference victories was easily the most since UM joined the Big Ten. Notable wins this fall came against eventual Elite Eight participant USC as well as NCAA qualifier Purdue.

Among Aird's greatest attributes is his ability to recruit. In 2016, Aird welcomed the nation's 16th ranked recruiting class to College Park, Maryland, and he followed that up with the program's first-ever top-10 class in 2017. That infusion of talent not only helped elevate Maryland in the Big Ten standings, but also created a level of excitement that had been lacking. Six of the program's top-10 attendance marks came during Aird's four-year stint.

Before taking over at Maryland, Aird enjoyed highly-successful assistant coaching stints at Penn State (2007, 2012-13), Cincinnati (2005-07) and Auburn (2002-05). At Penn State, he helped the Nittany Lions to NCAA titles in both 2007 and 2013 along with a Final Four berth in 2012.

In addition to his success in the coaching ranks, Aird also served as the President and CMO of Complete Athlete Inc., from 2007-12, where he helped train and develop youth volleyball players. Many of his players went on to play at the D-I level, including programs such as Penn State, Stanford, Washington, Florida and Tennessee.

A native of London, Ontario, Canada, Aird was a four-year member of Penn State's men's volleyball program from 1997-01. He was a two-year captain and helped the Nittany Lions to three appearances in the Final Four.

Aird, who earned his bachelor's degree in Letters, Arts and Sciences from Penn State in 2001, is married to the former Brandy Wilson. The couple has two sons, Caelan and Padraic, and a daughter, Mackenzie.