Hamad joined Pepperdine's staff in the summer of 2008 and has been in charge of student development.
Thirteen of the Waves' 14 programs had averages equal to or better than the national rate for their sports.
Jim Hamad joined Pepperdine as its Director of Athletics Academic Services in summer 2008. He was promoted to the Assistant Athletics Director for Student Development in 2010 and to an Associate Athletics Director in 2012.
His duties include being in charge of monitoring and evaluating the academic progress of student-athletes, creating academic enrichment programs, offering instruction on time management and study skills, as well as providing tutoring and academic counseling.
He works directly with Pepperdine's men's basketball in addition to several other of the Waves' athletic programs.
Hamad previously served as an academic coordinator for the University of Pittsburgh's athletic department for three years. At Pitt, he was responsible for the academic progress of the 120-member football team as well as the supervision of three academic counselors.
A 2000 graduate of Kent State, Hamad earned a bachelor's degree in conflict management. He went on to acquire a master's degree in higher education administration from Akron in 2005.
Hamad and his wife, Courtney, live in Newbury Park and have a daughter, Sofia.