Maryland players huddle during the Terps' 3-1 win against Indiana on Oct. 27, 2017 (Joel Valley/The Left Bench).

Steve Aird Resigns as Maryland’s Woman’s Volleyball Coach

Maryland woman’s volleyball head coach Steve Aird has resigned and taken the same position at the University of Indiana, the University of Maryland announced on Wednesday.

Over the course of four seasons as the Terps’ head coach, Aird went 55-74, but led the program to an 18-14 mark in 2017, including two victories over Aird’s new team, the Hoosiers.

“It has been a great honor and privilege to lead the Maryland volleyball program over the last four years,” Aird said in a University of Maryland statement released Wednesday. “I’m very encouraged about the strides we’ve made and the future of Maryland volleyball. I’m very proud of our student-athletes, who represented this program with great class and dignity both in the classroom, on the court and in the community.

“I’ll be forever grateful to [executive athletic director] Damon Evans, my coaching staff, our administration and our great fans for their continued support and encouragement. This was a gut-wrenching decision, but I feel like this was in the best interest for me and my family.”

The decision came as a surprise to many, as Aird seemed to be all-in on turning Maryland into a top volleyball program. Aird produced a top-10 recruiting class this past fall.

“With our recent recruiting success, including a top-10 class in 2017, we are excited that Maryland volleyball has emerged as a national player,” Evans said in the statement. “We will immediately begin a national search and will work to find a dynamic leader to continue to move the program forward. We wish Steve, his wife Brandy, and their family the very best.”

Aird inherits a team that was just 12-20 a season ago, including just 1-19 in Big Ten play.

“I am humbled and honored to accept the Head Coaching position at Indiana University,” Aird said in the official statement released by Indiana.  “I believe Indiana Volleyball has a rightful place among the nation’s elite and we will work tirelessly to make that a reality.”