Mora Kanim begins her third season as the Director of Volleyball Operations for the UCLA women's volleyball program in 2009.
Kanim returned to her alma mater after spending 10 seasons as the head coach of the Kent State women's volleyball team. She is the all-time program leader in wins with 138 and led the Golden Flashes to four 15-plus win seasons. Her teams also created a rich academic tradition by completing 22 consecutive semesters with at least a 3.0 team grade point average. During Kanim's decade, Kent State players earned nine spots on the All-Mid-American Conference Team, 13 MAC Player of the Week awards, four MAC All-Freshman team members and 60 selections to the Academic All-MAC Team. She also coached Kent State's first AVCA honoree in Danielle Holt, who was a Tachikara/AVCA All-Mideast Region honorable mention honoree in 2003.
Kanim came to KSU after five years as an assistant coach at the University of Michigan under head coach Greg Giovanazzi, who was an assistant during Kanim's playing days at UCLA. At Michigan, Kanim helped mold the program into a Big Ten Conference championship contender as the Wolverines finished in the Big Ten's upper division during three of her five seasons in Ann Arbor. Twice during her tenure the Wolverines won 19 matches, including the 1995 season when the Wolverines were runners-up at the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC).
While at Michigan, Kanim had an opportunity to work with the U.S. Olympic Team. She provided the USA Volleyball coaching staff with statistical scouting reports and charted trends for the U.S. and its opponents during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
Kanim began her collegiate coaching career as an assistant and recruiting coordinator at Cal State Northridge (1990-91). In those two seasons, Northridge's first at the Division I level, the Matadors finished second and fifth, respectively, at the NIVC.
A three-year letterwinner at UCLA, Kanim was an outside hitter on the 1984 NCAA National Championship team. The 1983 team finished as runners-up, while the 1985 squad reached the National Semifinals, with the Bruins combining for a 106-20 record during her three seasons.
Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Kanim was raised in Los Angeles. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in geography from UCLA in 1988 and completed her master's degree in sports studies at Kent State in 2003.
A member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association, Kanim coached at the USA High Performance Camp in Austin, Texas in the summer of 2005 and in Colorado Springs, Colo. in the summer of 2004.