Pepperdine Mourns Passing of Maurice Hilliard

Maurice Hilliard

March 12, 2012

MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine University Department of Athletics has lost a beloved member of its family, as athletic chaplain Maurice Hilliard passed away today.

Hilliard had been a part of Pepperdine's staff since 2001. In addition to athletic chaplain, at various times he had been an assistant women's basketball coach, the men's basketball director of operations and an academic coordinator.

"Maurice had such a tremendous impact on this university, on our student-athletes and our staff," Pepperdine Director of Athletics Steve Potts said. "He loved Pepperdine and working with its students. We were lucky to have the time that we did with Maurice as he taught us about faith and loving God."

Since 2010, he also served as program director for Pepperdine's Boone Center for the Family.

He recently published a book called The Price of a Pearl, in which he discussed what he learned through teaching, coaching and mentoring young adults.

"Maurice was a precious gift from God," Pepperdine women's basketball coach Julie Rousseau said. "We were blessed to have him touch our lives in such a unique way. Things were different around him. The sun shined a little brighter when he was around. Things didn't seem so bad when he was around."

Before arriving at Pepperdine, Hilliard taught and coached at the high school level for more than 10 years.

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.

"We are saddened to learn that Maurice Hilliard, our University Athletic Chaplain and program director at the Boone Center for the Family, died earlier today," University President Andrew K. Benton said. "Maurice touched the lives of so many of us at Pepperdine, especially our athletes who looked up to Maurice as a friend, counselor and mentor. He will be greatly missed."

More details will be published as they become available.

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