|Alma Mater:||Penn State|
The University of Maryland announced Steve Aird as the fourth head coach in volleyball program history on January 29, 2014. Just one month removed from helping Penn State to its sixth national title, Aird was chosen to lead the Terrapins into a new era as they joined the Big Ten in the fall of 2014.
In just two seasons, Aird has begun a transformation for the Terps. His coaching staff has reinvigorated the fan base, setting five of the top-10 program attendance records in College Park. The Terps have increased their win totals in both nonconference and Big Ten play in each season. In 2016, the team will welcome the 16th-ranked freshman class in the nation, the first time the program features a ranked recruiting class.
In 2015, the Terrrapins 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.