COLLEGE PARK, Maryland- Maryland volleyball head coach Adam Hughes received a five-year contract extension bringing his contract to December 31, 2027, as announced by Damon Evans, Barry P. Gossett athletic director at the University of Maryland.
“Adam has taken our volleyball program to the next level over the past few years and we are thrilled to have him leading our Terps into the future,” said Evans. “Playing in the top volleyball conference in the nation, Adam elevated the overall performance of our program and that was demonstrated by last season’s undefeated start and historic win over eventual national champion Wisconsin. Under the Adam’s leadership, Maryland volleyball has a very bright future and we’re excited about what’s next.”
“I’m so excited to stay at College Park as we continue to build something special,” Hughes said. “I am grateful for the support of the university, College Park and the communities of Maryland as this program grows into what we know it can become. It is an honor to coach these student-athletes and to help them achieve their goals. Last season was an amazing step on the journey and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.”
Led by Hughes, the Terps finished last fall with one of their most successful seasons in program history. The team’s 19 wins were the most since 2010, while the team’s seven wins in the Big Ten were the most since 2018. Maryland came out of the gate drawing at the start of the season 13- 0, the best start since 2005.
One of the greatest nights in Maryland volleyball history came on Sept. 24, 2021, as Hughes and his Terps defeated eventual national champion Wisconsin in five sets. The win was the program’s first-ever win against a Top 10 team, let alone a second-ranked team in the nation.
Statistically, the Terps have been among the best blocking teams for a few years. As a team, the team finished 2021 with 3.11 blocks per set, the only team in the NCAA above 3.01. Individually, Rainelle Jones led the nation with 1.73 blocks per set.
Hughes’ impact is felt in the stands, as the XFINITY Pavilion has always been a noisy environment for visiting teams. Last season featured three of the top five attendance scores in XFINITY Pavilion history.
Student-athletes enjoyed immense success under Hughes with three individual players earning All-Big Ten honors (Erika Pritchard, Katie Myers and Rainelle Jones). Also, last season Milan Gomillion became only the second Terp to be named to the All-Freshman team.
The team’s academic prowess has grown significantly under Hughes, with the team and some individuals earning honors over the past few years. Off the field, the team is active in the communities surrounding the university and in charitable activities.
Overall, Hughes is 55-61 in his four seasons in charge of the Terps. He is joined in College Park by his wife, Alice, and their three daughters: Harper, Hayden and Henley.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Penn State Smeal School of Business in 2006 before staying at State College as director of volleyball operations. He also spent time at UC-Irvine.
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