|Alma Mater:||Penn State|
In just three seasons in College Park, head coach Steve Aird has begun a transformation for the Terps. A two-time NCAA Championship-winning assistant at Penn State, University of Maryland announced Aird as the fourth head coach in volleyball program history in January 2014 to lead the Terrapins into a new era as they joined the Big Ten Conference.
Aird and his coaching staff have reinvigorated the fan base, setting six of the top-10 program attendance records in College Park. The program has made great strides to being competitive in the nation's top volleyball conference as Maryland welcomed the 16th-ranked freshman class in 2016 and brings in the first-ever top-10 class in 2017.
In 2016, Maryland featured a young, talented roster as one of the top recruiting classes in program history took the court. Aird coached Gia Milana, the top-rated recruit in program history, to All-Big Ten Honorable Mention and Big Ten All-Freshman team honors as she racked up 446 kills, the most by a freshman in school history. For the second-straight season, the Terps upset a ranked Ohio State squad in five sets on Oct 26. Maryland set the XFINITY Pavilion attendance record with 1,808 fans against Penn State on Nov. 11.
In 2015, the Terrapins began the season on an 8-0 run, trumping the season before for the program's best start since 2005. Maryland moved to 10-1, matching 2014's season total in wins. In the team's Big Ten opener vs. Illinois, the Terps set the highest Pavilion attendance with 1,752 fans. Maryland earned its first win over a ranked opponent since 2010 with a three-set upset of No. 12 Ohio State on Nov. 6. The Terps finished the season with a pair of wins, the first time the team finished the seaosn on a multiple-match win streak since 2006.
In his first season with the Terps, Aird led Maryland to a 6-0 start, the program's best since 2005. As he helped guide his team through the Terps' most difficult schedule, and their first in the Big Ten, Aird also increased support and interest through the community. In 2014, Maryland averaged 1,539 fans per match in College Park, a dramatic increase from the 336 average the season before. In Aird's first season, the Terps set four of the top-10 attendance records in Maryland history, including the No. 1 attendance record (4,522 vs. Penn State, Oct. 23).
Under Aird's direction, Maryland earned its first-ever Big Ten win in a nationally televised match over Rutgers on the Big Ten Network. The Terps showed continual improvement throughout the season as the team took set wins over No. 15 Purdue, No. 18 Ohio State and No. 11 Nebraska.
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.
Prior to joining the Penn State staff in 2012, Aird served as President and CMO of Complete Athlete Inc., which included such duties as marketing, corporate expansion, coach and player development, scouting and match preparation. He coached players who went on to play at several of the nation's top Division I programs, including Stanford, Washington, Florida, Tennessee and Penn State.
Aird previously served as an assistant coach and director of operations for Penn State in 2007, recruiting and training student-athletes who went on to win National Championships in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Aird began his coaching career in 2002, when he served as an assistant at Auburn from 2002-05, before coaching as an assistant at Cincinnati from 2005-07. He played a critical role in bringing in one of Cincinnati's recruiting classes, and developed numerous all-conference and all-america student-athletes.
Aird's volleyball background spans far beyond the coaching realm. He is a noted clinician, having spoken at hundreds of camps and clinics across the country, in addition to going on several international tours to train and recruit. Aird has also been a featured writer for Volleyball Magazine and the American Volleyball Coaches Association Magazine.
Before entering the coaching landscape, Aird was a four-year member of the Penn State men's volleyball team from 1997-2001. The Nittany Lions made three NCAA semifinal appearances during his career. He graduated from Penn State in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in Letters, Arts and Sciences with a focus on business law and sports management.
Aird is married to the former Brandy Wilson and they have two sons, Caelan and Padraic, and a daughter, Mackenzie.