“Kristin is a very special human being, and I am thrilled to add her to our program,” Aird said. “Her energy is palpable and she has competed at the highest level and won championships. Her experiences have prepared her to coach and be a great role model for this team. I was lucky to coach her, and now I am lucky to work with her.”
Aird also announced the promotion of Adam Hughes to associate head coach. An assistant at Maryland since 2014, Hughes has played a major role in revitalizing the Terps’ volleyball program. Hughes was named a Volleyball Magazine 'Thirty Under 30' recipient in 2015. He helped bring in Maryland’s first-ever ranked recruiting class in 2016.
“Adam is one of the best young coaches in the country, and we’ve worked together for over a decade,” Aird said. “He believes in what we are building and he cares deeply for the program, and I am thrilled we get to continue building this together.”
Carpenter already has deep ties to Aird and Hughes. Aird was a member of the staff that recruited her to Penn State and also served as an assistant coach on the Nittany Lions staff during her senior season. Hughes was the Penn State director of operations during her entire collegiate career.Between Aird, Hughes and Carpenter, the Maryland coaching staff has competed in 13 Final Fours and won seven NCAA Championships as either players or coaches.
“I am really excited to be a part of the future of Maryland volleyball,” Carpenter said. “I’ve known Steve and Adam for over a decade and what they’ve already built in College Park is incredible. I can’t wait to get going and help Maryland volleyball reach the next level.”
With the Terps, Carpenter will primarily be in charge of training the setters and coordinating recruiting efforts.
As a player at Penn State, Carpenter helped lead the Nittany Lions to NCAA Championships in 2009 and 2010. As the team’s setter in 2010, she was named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament team. She moved into a defensive specialist role in her last two seasons and served as team captain during her junior and senior seasons.
Before beginning her coaching career, Carpenter spent two seasons overseas playing professionally in Sweden and Greece. She was named MVP of the Elite Series and was Best Server for the Grand Prix champion Svedala Volleyboll Klubb. Carpenter moved to A.O. Markopoulo in Greece and served as the team’s setter and captain.
Carpenter started her collegiate coaching career as a volunteer assistant at Virginia in 2015. She was tasked with working with the team’s setters and breaking down film. Carpenter moved to Oklahoma the following season and was also tasked with training the Sooners’ setters.
Carpenter graduated from Penn State with a degree in kinesiology in December 2012.