After years away building a stellar sports admin career, Waiakea grad (1980) Monica Morita returns to Hilo to become UH Hilo Vulcan Athletics NCAA compliance coordinator.
The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo announced today Monica Morita has been named NCAA compliance coordinator and senior woman administrator at the Department of Athletics, effective Feb. 1.
“Monica has a strong background in student services including oversight of financial aid, athletic scholarships and student-athlete academic success,” says 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 UH Manoa’s football staff executive assistant for the past two years. Prior to moving back to Hawaiʻi, 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 received her bachelor of arts in journalism, master of science in public administration, and doctor of education in higher education from USC. She also received a certificate in sports management. She is a 1980 graduate of Waiakea High School in Hilo, Hawai‘i.