January 12, 2016

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Athletic Department announced today that Monica Morita has been named NCAA compliance coordinator and senior woman administrator, effective February 1.

“Monica has a strong background in student services including oversight of financial aid, athletic scholarships and student-athlete academic success,” states Patrick Guillen, UH Hilo director of athletics.  “She is originally from Hilo with deep-rooted ties to the community and is a great addition and fit to our administrative staff.

“I am excited to have her join the Vulcans Team.”

Morita was the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa’s football staff executive assistant for the past two years. Prior to moving back to Hawai`i, she completed a 20-plus-year career at the University of Southern California where she was the 2013 Athletics Staff Member of the Year as selected by the student-athletes. For her final 12 years with USC, she held the title of assistant athletic director/director of student services.

Morita began her career at USC in 1988 as a graduate and admissions advisor in the Leventhal School of Accounting. In 1998, she began a three-year stint as assistant to the head coach of football under Paul Hackett before assuming the role of director of student services in 2002.

In addition, Morita volunteered with the Swim with Mike organization as the director of recipient services.

Morita earned three degrees at USC, including bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1984, her master’s degree in public administration in 1997 and Ed.D. in higher education in December 2013. She also received a Sports Management Institute certificate through a Pac10 initiative.

She is a 1980 graduate of Waiakea High School in Hilo, Hawai‘i. 

About Vulcan Athletics

Vulcan Athletics is a member of the NCAA Division II and competes in the Pacific West Conference. Sponsored are 12 sports – baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, and women’s volleyball.