Waqa Damuni (Wonga Da-moo-knee) is entering his first season at Utah State, serving as an Assistant Athletics Director for Football Operations. In his role, Damuni will handle all the day-to-day operations of the football program.
Damuni, a former tight end and three-year letterwinner at Utah State from 1996-98, helped the Aggies win back-to-back Big West Conference championships, including a trip to the inaugural Humanitarian Bowl in 1997.
Damuni returns to Utah State after spending the past five years as the Director of Academic Support at the University of Arkansas.
In all, Damuni has spent the past 10 years as an academic coordinator for student-athletes at the Division I level at Arkansas, Colorado and Memphis, tracking NCAA initial and continuing eligibility, coordinating the academic affairs for football student-athletes, and assisting the coaching staff with recruiting and day-to-day operations.
Damuni was also a counselor for the State of Utah-Juvenile Justice Services in Logan from 2001-2003, serving in different capacities including detention, family crisis intervention and community outreach services. He also served as the liaison between the Juvenile Justice Services and the Hispanic community in the Cache Valley area. He is fluent in Spanish after serving a two-year LDS Church Mission in Monterrey, Mexico.
Damuni, who began his collegiate career at Dixie State in St. George, Utah, earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Utah State as he received his bachelor's of arts degree in sociology in 1998 with minors in social work and Spanish. He went on to earn a master's degree in business information systems in 2005.
A 2010 graduate of the NCAA Leadership for Ethnic and Minority Institute, Damuni is also a member of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics.
A native of Laie, Hawaii, Damuni is married to the former Val Tonga of Millbrae, Calif. They have seven children - Emosi, Levani, Junior, Jovesa, Lavinia, Lusiana and Damien.