Dr. Troy Kukahiko received his BA and MA from UCLA, where he has earned his PhD in Higher Education and Organizational Change. Coach Lau started the Pacific Islander Education and Retention (PIER) program at UCLA in 1998, he is a proud member of the AIGA Foundation (non-profit that hosts the Polynesian All American Bowl), and founder of Prodigy Athletes. These non-profit organizations have served the Pacific Islander diaspora to improve college access, transition, degree attainment and professional development for the last 20 years. Coach Lau's research informs programs and policies in higher education that support student-athletes.