COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland volleyball head coach Steve Aird has been selected to serve as the keynote speaker at the upcoming Sports and Fitness Industry Panel & Networking event on April 8.
Hosted by the Office of Career Services and Office of Undergraduate of Studies, the event will run from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Robert H. School of Business on the College Park campus of the University of Maryland.
Hired as the fourth volleyball coach in program history in January, Aird will kick off the networking event before participating in a panel with other professionals in the sports/fitness/health industries.
“I am incredibly honored and excited to be invited as the keynote speaker for the Sports and Fitness networking event,” Aird said. “I look forward to representing the Maryland athletic department and sharing my experiences in the sports industry.”
Joining Aird on the panel are representatives from the Washington Redskins, Pittsburgh Pirates, the Naval Academy and Diakon Baseball Group. The panel will share their experience and help students explore the different career paths that exist within sports, health and fitness related industries for a variety of majors (marketing, finance, accounting and more).
"We are absolutely honored to have Coach Aird as our Keynote Speaker and Panelist,” said assistant director of undergraduate programming, Judy Martinez. “He brings great energy and valuable insight as we seek to expose our business students to thinking outside-of-the-box when designing their future career paths. We look forward to having Coach Aird impart his valuable knowledge in the areas of excellence and success, resilience and tenacity, work ethic and fearless determination on the court, in the classroom, and out in the professional world."
The event will provide a unique opportunity for undergraduate business students (in several business majors) to think outside of the box and consider how their majors fit into careers in sports and fitness-related industries.
Just one month removed from helping guide Penn State to its sixth national title, Aird will lead the Terrapins into a new era as they join the Big Ten in the fall of 2014.
Aird brings more than 15 years of coaching and playing experience at the highest level of collegiate volleyball, serving as an assistant coach at three Division I programs in addition to being a two-time captain during his playing days at Penn State. In the past two seasons, Penn State players earned nine AVCA All-America accolades and 14 All-Big Ten Conference honors.