Adam Hughes was elevated to head coach of the Maryland volleyball program on Jan. 23, 2018. Previously the associate head coach for the Terrapins, Hughes is the fifth head coach in program history.
In the past four years as an assistant 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 2017, Maryland welcomed its first-ever top-10 recruting class with four Under Armour All-Americans.
During the 2017 season, Hughes helped Hailey Murray become an All-Big Ten Honorable Mention selection after she ranked in the top-5 nationally for most of the season in hitting percentage. Maryland reached 18 wins for the first time since 2010 and posted seven conference wins for the first time since joining the Big Ten.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Adam and his wife, Alice, have a daughter, Harper.