Eileen Daley was appointed San Jose State University’s senior associate athletics director for academics and student services in June 2016. Now in her 11th year at the University, she is in her second tenure with the University’s athletics department.
In her new position, Daley will oversee the academic services program and address the overall academic goals for the Athletics Department. She will work in liaison roles with academic advising, University admissions and the NCAA and will manage the Spartans’ 5th Year program, grant submissions and student orientation programs.
Daley’s first San Jose State Athletics position was as the lead academic advisor in 2005. She was promoted to an assistant athletics director position for academic services in 2007. Daley was a central figure in the department’s major improvement in the NCAA’s measurement of Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores. Once saddled with an APR score for football below 900 (out of 1,000), San Jose State’s score in the sport rose steadily during her tenure and beyond topping at 975 for the 2015 NCAA report.
Between 2011 and 2016, she served the University as the associate director for undergraduate admissions and outreach. She and her team were assigned to recruit undergraduate students for San José State with a focus on under represented demographic groups.
The 1995 Sonoma State University graduate majored in psychology and competed in track and field for two seasons. She earned a master’s degree in sports psychology from John F. Kennedy University in 1997.
Daley was an assistant track and field coach at Petaluma (Calif.) High School before embarking on a career in athletics administration. As a graduate student, she was assigned to work on psychological performance enhancement with injured University of California Davis student-athletes. Daley worked at Sonoma State University (1998-99) in student-athlete support services and the California Interscholastic Federation (C.I.F.) for four years (1999-2003) as an assistant director focusing on educational programs. She was the academic coordinator for San Francisco State University Athletics (2003-05) before coming to San Jose State.
Daley, her husband, Brian, and daughter Mackenzie, live in Hollister, Calif.