By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Indiana Hoosiers have named Steve Aird as its next women’s volleyball head coach. He spent the past four seasons as the Maryland Terrapins head coach.
“Being located in the middle of a volleyball hotbed and opening a new, state-of-the-art $17 million facility, it was important that Indiana University hire the right coach to lead our program into this exciting new era,” athletic director Fred Glass said. “In Steve Aird, we have found that person. He is an elite recruiter, a program-builder of the highest order, a great trainer and tactician, knows the conference well, connects with and graduates his students, and is regarded as one of the best young coaches in America. We are thrilled to welcome Steve and Brandy to the IU Athletics family.”
Aird replaces Sherry Dunbar-Kruzan, who did not have her contract renewed by the school earlier this month. She was the head coach at the school for the past 11-years.
Aird took over a team at Maryland that went 13-19 in his first season in 2013. His program dropped to 10 wins during his rookie season, then improved to 18 wins this past season.
The 18 wins were the most for the Terrapins since the 2010 season. The seven conference wins were the most since the school joined the Big Ten Conference.
“I am humbled and honored to accept the Head Coaching position at Indiana University. I believe Indiana Volleyball has a rightful place among the nation’s elite and we will work tirelessly to make that a reality,” Aird said. “I cannot thank Fred Glass and his staff enough for this opportunity and for their commitment to building an excellent program the right way. Brandy and I could not be more excited to be a part of the IU family and the Bloomington community.”
Before joining Maryland, he was an assistant coach with the Penn State Nittany Lions (2007, 2012-13), Cincinnati Bearcats (2005-07) and the Auburn Tigers (2002-05). Aird helped guide the Nittany Lions to two National Championships in 2007 and 2013.
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