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IU volleyball fills head coaching vacancy

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IU freshman Owen Kleppe sank three shots in Assembly Hall to win a new car during charity event.

After Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass announced the contract of former IU Coach Sherry Dunbar-Kruzan would not be renewed, the search for a replacement had been on-going. 

It took 25 days, but Glass and the IU volleyball program have found its new head coach — Steve Aird. 

Aird is no stranger to Big Ten competition. 

In 2007 and 2013, Aird was one of the assistant coaches during Penn State’s two NCAA championship victories. 

After the title run in 2013, Aird accepted a job as head coach for Maryland, who was just moving into the Big Ten conference at the time. 

After a tough first year, which consisted of just ten total wins and only three in conference play, Aird turned the Terrapins volleyball program around.

This past season, the Terrapins finished 18-14, marking the most wins for the program since 2010. Two of those wins came against the Hoosiers, 3-0 and 3-1.

IU finished just 12-20 on the year with a conference record of 1-19. Aird won seven games in the conference, which is something IU hasn’t done since 2010.

“I am humbled and honored to accept the Head Coaching position at Indiana University,” Aird said. “I believe Indiana Volleyball has a rightful place among the nation's elite and we will work tirelessly to make that a reality.” 

Dylan Wallace

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