Maryland women's volleyball coach Steve Aird leaves for Indiana

Steve Aird has left his post as Maryland women’s volleyball coach for the same position at Indiana, the schools announced Wednesday.

The Terps were the first team left out of the NCAA tournament field last month, a heartbreaking end to a breakthrough season. The team went 18-14 overall — its first time over .500 since 2012 — and 7-13 in the Big Ten Conference, a program-best mark.

Overall, the Terps went 55-74 (.426) in his four seasons in College Park.

“It has been a great honor and privilege to lead the Maryland volleyball program over the last four years,” Aird, who won two national championships as an assistant at Penn State, said in a release. “I’m very encouraged about the strides we’ve made and the future of Maryland volleyball. ... This was a gut-wrenching decision, but I feel like this was in the best interest for me and my family."

Maryland last year signed the program’s first top-10 recruiting class, but Indiana is set to open a $17 million volleyball-wrestling arena next year. The Hoosiers finished 12-20 this fall, winning just one Big Ten match.

Terps executive athletic director Damon Evans said the department will begin a national search for Aird’s replacement.

“We sincerely thank Steve for leading our program the past four seasons,” Evans said in the release. "Steve has helped elevate our program, has created a winning culture and we are confident that we have the foundation to sustain long-term success for Maryland Volleyball.”

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