“I am forever grateful for the opportunity I had at Penn State both as a player and a member of the staff,” Aird said. “Coach Rose has been a mentor to me and he knows how much I respect him and the program. I truly appreciate the student-athletes, fans and boosters that I’ve been fortunate to know during my time at Penn State, and I am incredibly excited to get going in College Park.”
Aird spent the last two years at Penn State involved in match preparation, student-athlete development and recruiting. Aird also served as a mentor to four-year AVCA All-American Deja McClendon and two-time Big Ten Setter of the Year, Micha Hancock, as well as AVCA All-Americans and 2013 All-Big Ten selections, Katie Slay and Ariel Scott.
Aird also helped guide Penn State to its last two consecutive NCAA national semifinal appearances, as well as the team’s sixth national championship in 2013.
“We would like to welcome Steve, his wife Brandy and his two children to the University of Maryland,” said Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson. “Steve is a very accomplished coach who has been extremely successful in the Big Ten Conference and on the national stage. While at Penn State, he played an integral role in leading the Nittany Lions to back-to-back NCAA semifinal appearances and a national title.”
“We will rely on Steve’s experience as both a coach and a student-athlete in the Big Ten as we transition into the conference this fall,” Anderson said. “He has an outstanding reputation for developing top-level talent and he is well respected in the volleyball community.”
Prior to joining the staff at Penn State, Aird served as President and CMO of Complete Athlete Inc. With Complete Athlete Inc. Aird's duties included marketing, corporate expansion, coach and player development, scouting and match preparation. He expanded the TCA Volleyball Club from four cities to 12 in six months. During his four years with Complete Athlete Inc., Aird coached student-athletes who have gone on to play at several national powerhouses in collegiate volleyball.
Aird also held assistant coaching positions at Cincinnati from 2005-2007 and at Auburn from 2002-2005. While with the Wildcats, Aird was the lead assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, and was integral in bringing in Cincinnati's first top 10 recruiting class. He worked with student-athletes at every position who went on to earn all-conference and All-America accolades. At Auburn, Aird was involved also in student-athlete training, travel arrangements, marketing and recruiting.
In addition to his coaching experience, Aird's volleyball background is quite varied. He is a noted clinician, having spoken at camps and clinics across the country. He has been on several international tours to train and recruit, most recently organizing a training tour in December 2011 to Italy with 50 prep players and top NCAA coaches. Aird has also been a featured writer for Volleyball Magazine and the American Volleyball Coaches Association Magazine.
--Penn State Athletic Communications
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