Montana head coach Bobby Hauck
has reconnected with Jimmy Morimoto
of the University of Hawaii, hiring him to be the Grizzlies' next director of football operations.
A Maui native, Morimoto comes to Missoula after one season as the Rainbow Warriors' director of operations. Prior to that, he spent two years at Fresno State and eight years at UNLV, where he served under Hauck as the director of player personnel.
"We're excited to welcome Jimmy and his family to Montana. He has made a significant personal sacrifice to join us, but he is coming here because he believes in Griz football and wants to be a part of it. We are lucky to be able to have a guy with his level of experience," said Hauck.
"We worked together for five years at UNLV, and I have tremendous regard for his abilities. We can't wait for him to arrive."
Before returning to his home state, Morimoto was the director of player personnel at Fresno State and monitored the program's recruiting operations from 2015-16.
He spent eight years in Las Vegas before his time in Fresno (2007-14). There he served as the Rebels' assistant video coordinator and assistant recruiting coordinator for two years before spending six seasons as the director of player personnel.
"I'm excited about the opportunity," said Morimoto. "I look forward to getting back with Coach Hauck and taking the right steps to get the Grizzlies back on top."
A former head coach at Baldwin High School in Maui, Morimoto led the Bears to a 21-2-1 record and a pair of league titles in two seasons. He served on the Baldwin staff for a total of 15 years.
Morimoto earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Phoenix in 2002, and a teaching certificate from Chaminade in 2004. He also received a master's degree from Walden University in 2007.
He and his wife Tammie have four children, Alyssa, Jimmy Jr., Karissa, and Jaden.
Morimoto begins work at Montana on Friday. The Grizzlies report for fall camp on August 6.
2018 – Present: Montana Director of Football Operations
2017: Hawaii Director of Football Operations
2015-16: Fresno State Director of Player Personnel
2009-14: UNLV Director of Player Personnel
2007-8: UNLV Assistant Video Coordinator and Assistant Recruiting Coordinator