Maurice Hilliard, who began working at Pepperdine in 2001, spent two seasons as an assistant women's basketball coach in 2008-09 and 2009-10.
During the two seasons with Hilliard on the staff, the Waves went 36-25, posted a pair of third-place finishes in the West Coast Conference, reached the final of the 2010 WCC Championships and advanced to the 2010 Women's NIT.
After leaving his coaching position to become a program director for Pepperdine's Boone Center for the Family, he continued to work as the athletic chaplain.
Hilliard previously worked as a coach at the high school and college level before joining Pepperdine's staff in 2001-02. He served as the men's basketball Director of Operations in 2006-07 but most of his career in Malibu was spent as an academics coordinator, working with student-athletes on a daily basis to monitor their academic progress, with additional focus on mentoring and summer employment opportunities.
Under Hilliard's watch, Pepperdine players earned WCC All-Academic honors four times, and Keith Jarbo made the Division I-AAA Athletic Directors Association Scholar-Athlete honorable mention team.
Hilliard taught and coached at the high school level for more than 10 years and also served a two-year stint as an assistant women's basketball coach at Biola for one season (1999-2000) before arriving in Malibu.
He started his teaching and coaching career in 1989 when he began a seven-year run at Bassett High School in La Puente, Calif., where he served as a special education teacher and the boys' basketball coach. Bassett High won the CIF Southern Section championship in 1994, a first-ever accomplishment for the program.
Additionally, Hilliard taught and coached at Cerritos Valley Christian High (2000-01), Anaheim Hills Canyon High (1997-99) and Ontario Christian High (1996-97). He also worked as the college-age and young adult pastor at the Bethany Christian Reformed Church in Bellflower, Calif., from 1997-99.
A native of Los Angeles, Hilliard graduated from Kennedy High School in Granada Hills and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration with a finance concentration from La Verne in 1991. He earned a master's of divinity degree in apologetics at Biola in 2001.