COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland volleyball coach Steve Aird announced the completion of his coaching staff today, adding Adam Hughes and Kristin Kenney as assistant coaches, in addition to Stephen Yates as the director of volleyball operations.
“I am thrilled to bring an outstanding staff with me to the University of Maryland,” Aird said. “Our staff is a unique mix that has won multiple NCAA Championships and conference championships, in addition to garnering experience at the highest level of collegiate volleyball. Between the strength of the Big Ten, the academic excellence of Maryland, location of campus and our administration’s commitment to volleyball, we have the tools to provide our student athletes with a premier collegiate experience that will allow them to excel beyond graduation.”
Hughes has over 11 years of volleyball coaching experience at both the collegiate and youth levels, and previously served as the director of volleyball operations at Penn State the last four seasons. During nine years at Penn State as both an assistant coach and a manager, Hughes helped capture three NCAA National Championships and eight Big Ten Championships, in addition to being involved with 15 individual all-americans.
“I believe Adam is one of the best rising coaches in the country,” 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.”
Kenney joins the Terrapin staff after spending the last two seasons as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Connecticut. Kenney brings seven years of Division I coaching experience, having previously coached at Harvard as an assistant (2007-12) in addition to her time at UConn.
Kenney played collegiate volleyball from 2003-07 at Boston College, where she was a setter and defensive specialist. She was named an NCAA Division I scholar athlete all four seasons.
“Kristin is a proven coach who formerly played volleyball at the Division I level and has obtained a master’s degree from Harvard,” Aird said. “Kristin’s tremendous work ethic and educational background make her an ideal role model for our student athletes. Our program is very lucky to have her on board.”
Yates also served as an assistant coach alongside Kenney the last two seasons at UConn, where he served as the video coordinator and point of contact for the American Athletic Conference in 2013. He also assisted with practice planning and on-court training of players, specifically defensive specialists and outside hitters.
Yates was also an assistant coach at Coastal Carolina in 2011, where he was responsible for scouting reports on all opponents and coordinated travel logistics, in addition to helping the head coach with the day-to-day operations of the program.
“Stephen is someone I trust and have a great deal of respect for,” Aird said. “He understands the game at a high level and is passionate about helping me build this program. He has a master’s degree in athletic administration and we will lean on his expertise and experience in that area. Stephen will have a variety of roles and I am excited to see his contributions going forward.”