Adam Hughes (volleyball)

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Adam Hughes
Current position
TitleHead Coach
TeamUniversity of Maryland
ConferenceBig Ten
Record0-0 (–)
Biographical details
Born (1986-05-08) May 8, 1986 (age 36)
State College, Pennsylvania
Alma materPenn State University
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2007-2008Penn State (Volunteer Assistant)
2008-2009UC Irvine (Volunteer Assistant)
2010-2014Penn State (Director of Volleyball Operations)
2014-2017Maryland (Associate Head Coach)

Adam Hughes (born May 8, 1986) [1] is an American volleyball coach at the University of Maryland (2018-present).

Personal life[edit]

Hughes was born in State College, Pennsylvania, and received his degree in Economics in 2006 from Penn State. He is married to Alice Kahrs Hughes. Adam and Alice have one daughter, Harper.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Hughes served as a volunteer assistant and manager for Penn State women's volleyball 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.

Upon 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.[1]

Following this, Hughes was named 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. He simultaneously worked at TCA Volleyball Club.

He returned to Penn State in 2010 as the Director of Volleyball Operations. During this time period, he won two National Championships. Hughes' duties as the Director of Volleyball Operations 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. During his nine seasons at Penn State, Hughes helped the Nittany Lions capture three NCAA National Championships and eight Big Ten Conference championships.

Hughes left to coach Maryland in 2014. He helped them through its most difficult schedule in 2014 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.

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.

In 2016, the Terps featured a young, talented squad, incluing All-Big Ten Honorable Mention selection Gia Milana. Maryland continued to build excitement around the program as the Terps set the XFINITY Pavilion attendance record with 1,808 fans against Penn State on Nov. 11.

Hughes was promoted to associated head coach in February 2017 after serving the previous three seasons as an assistant coach.

On January 23rd, 2018, Hughes was named the fifth head coach in Maryland Volleyball history. He replaced Steve Aird, who left to take the same position at Indiana.

Head Coaching Record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Maryland Terrapins (Big Ten Conference) (2018–present)
2018 Maryland 0-0 0-0 N/A N/A
Maryland: 0-0 (–) 0-0 (–)
Total: 0-0 (–)



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