|Alma Mater:||Penn State|
Adam Hughes was hired in February of 2014 as an assistant coach at Maryland after spending the previous four seasons as the Director of Volleyball Operations with the Penn State women's volleyball team.
“I believe Adam is one of the best rising coaches in the country,” head coach Steve Aird said. "He has worked hard and learned what it takes to win NCAA and Big Ten Championships. He is familiar with the Big Ten landscape and has the ability to train and recruit elite athletes.”
Hughes helped coach Maryland through its most difficult schedule as the Terps took on 12 ranked opponents in their first season in the Big Ten Conference. He played a crucial role in increasing interest and support from the community as the Terps set four top-10 attendance records in program history, including the No. 1 attendance record (4,522 vs. Penn State, Oct. 23). Hughes also has community ties as a coach for Metro American Volleyball Club's 15 Travel team.
On April 1, 2015, Hughes was named a recipient of the prestigious 'Thirty Under 30' award by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, which honors the top-30 up-and-coming volleyball coaches under the age of 30.
Hughes' duties as the Director of Volleyball Operations at Penn State included team travel logistics and day-to-day organization, as well as being the primary technical operator of the Data Volley and Data Video software. The Nittany Lions captured the national title in 2013.
In addition, Hughes was also the volunteer assistant coach for the women's volleyball team at UC Irvine in 2008-09. At UCI, Hughes handled video exchange, statistical analysis, helped build scouting reports and developed and implemented practice plans.
Hughes served as a volunteer assistant and manager for the Nittany Lion women from 2003-08. During that time, he assisted in team training, worked with Data Volleyball and DigVid, supported recruiting efforts and served as gym coordinator for four courts during the Penn State individual and team summer camps.
During his nine seasons at Penn State, Hughes helped the Nittany Lions capture three NCAA National Championships and eight Big Ten Conference championships.
Following graduation, Hughes was an assistant coach with the State College Area High School boys varsity volleyball team and the head coach of the junior varsity squad. He was responsible for player development, served as the State College Invitational Director, where he oversaw a 24-team tournament, and also built and coached the Nittany Elite Volleyball Club program for off-season training.Hughes earned a bachelor's degree in Economics from the Penn State Smeal School of Business in 2006.