Feature photo courtesy of Maryland Athletics
Less than a month after the departure of head coach Steve Aird to Indiana, Maryland has promoted associate head coach Adam Hughes to head coach.
“I am indebted to Steve Aird for bringing me with him to College Park four years ago and trusting in me to help revitalize Maryland volleyball,” Hughes said. “My family and I are thrilled for the chance to continue the progress we have already made, and I couldn’t be more excited to embrace the opportunity.”
The 33-year-old Hughes served as an assistant coach from 2014-16 before being promoted to associate head coach before last season. He is now the fifth head coach in program history.
As a part of Aird’s staff for the past four seasons, Hughes has helped the Terps to a 55-74 record and an 18-14 finish last year.
According to the university, Hughes has played a “major role” in the signing of six Under Armour All-Americans in the past two years. Maryland has brought in the first two ranked classes in program history, No. 16 in 2016 and No. 10 in 2017.
Hughes was recognized nationally in 2015 when he received the “Thirty Under 30” award from the American Vollleyball Coaches Association, honoring the top-30 up-and-coming volleyball coaches under the age of 30.
Hughes’ coaching career began with Penn State, serving as a volunteer assistant and manager from 2003-08 and director of operations from 2011-13. Hughes spent two years as a volunteer assistant at UC Irvine between his two stints with the Nittany Lions. Hughes won three national titles and eight Big Ten Conference championships in nine seasons with Penn State.
“We had a thorough and extensive national search,” Executive Athletic Director Damon Evans said via a university press release. “But throughout the process, Adam distinguished himself as the ideal head coach in this new era of Maryland volleyball.”
As head coach, Hughes is retaining assistant coach Kristin Carpenter and director of operations Kyle Thompson.
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