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University of Maryland Volleyball
University of Maryland Volleyball

University of Maryland Volleyball


Coaching Staff

Aubrey Mohler
Camp Director / Director of Operations

Head coach Steve Aird announced the hiring of Aubrey Mohler as the Maryland volleyball director of operations in May 2016. A native of Frederick, Md., Pfau brings extensive knowledge and coaching experience of local volleyball to College Park.

“Aubrey loves the state of Maryland and has strong connections to the university,” Aird said. “She has been around the program since we arrived and loves the vision. She is highly organized, loves the game of volleyball and is excited to learn. Our players think the world of her and she is a wonderful addition to the staff.”

Mohler spent the previous seven years at Middletown High School in Middletown, Md., serving as a special education instructional assistant and the varsity volleyball head coach. She has also spent the last six years as an assistant coach for the Metro Volleyball Club in Washington, D.C.

At Metro, Mohler served as an assistant for the 15 Travel team under head coach and current Maryland assistant Adam Hughes. In 2015, she helped guide the team to winning the 15 Open Division at the Capitol Hill Classic. The team finished second in the CHRVA region and earned a bid to nationals. In 2014, Mohler led the team to nationals.

Mohler already has familiarity with numerous Terps as she coached Samantha Higginbothem, Hailey Murray and Liz Twilley in their high school and club careers.

A 2006 graduate of Shepherd University, Mohler earned a Bachelor of Science in recreation and leisure studies and played Division II volleyball as a middle hitter for four seasons. She attended high school at Middletown, where she helped guide the team to the school's first Frederick County Volleyball Championship.

Mohler, née Pfau, married to Thomas Mohler in May 2017.


Adam Hughes
Associate Head Coach

Adam Hughes was hired in February of 2014 as an assistant coach at Maryland after spending the previous four seasons as the Director of Volleyball Operations with the Penn State women's volleyball team.

“I believe Adam is one of the best rising coaches in the country,” head coach Steve 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.”

In his three years at Maryland, Hughes has been instrumental in raising the talent on the court and excitement around the program. The Terps brought the 16th-ranked recruiting class in for 2016, the first time in program history the freshman class has been ranked.

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.

Hughes helped coach Maryland 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.

Hughes' duties as the Director of Volleyball Operations at Penn State 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. The Nittany Lions captured the national title in 2013.

In addition, Hughes was also 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.

Hughes served as a volunteer assistant and manager for the Nittany Lion women 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.

During his nine seasons at Penn State, Hughes helped the Nittany Lions capture three NCAA National Championships and eight Big Ten Conference championships.

Following 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.

Hughes earned a bachelor's degree in Economics from the Penn State Smeal School of Business in 2006.


Kristin Carpenter
Assistant Coach

Maryland head coach Steve Aird announced the hiring of Krisitin Carpenter to the Terrapins' volleyball staff on Feb. 16, 2017. A two-time national championship-winning player at Penn State, Carpenter joins the Terrapins’ staff after spending a season as an assistant at Oklahoma.

With the Terps, Carpenter will primarily be in charge of training the setters and coordinating recruiting efforts.

As a player at Penn State, Carpenter helped lead the Nittany Lions to NCAA Championships in 2009 and 2010. As the team’s setter in 2010, she was named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament team. She moved into a defensive specialist role in her last two seasons and served as team captain during her junior and senior seasons.

Before beginning her coaching career, Carpenter spent two seasons overseas playing professionally in Sweden and Greece. She was named MVP of the Elite Series and was Best Server for the Grand Prix champion Svedala Volleyboll Klubb. Carpenter moved to A.O. Markopoulo in Greece and served as the team’s setter and captain.

Carpenter started her collegiate coaching career as a volunteer assistant at Virginia in 2015. She was tasked with working with the team’s setters and breaking down film. Carpenter moved to Oklahoma the following season and was also tasked with training the Sooners’ setters.

Carpenter graduated from Penn State with a degree in kinesiology in December 2012.