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Director of Athletics
Marie Tuite was promoted to the position of director of athletics at San José State University on May 19, 2017 after seven years of university service in several executive positions. Twice, she was the interim director of athletics from February to May 2017 and from April to June 2012. As of June 30, 2017, Tuite is one of nine women who is an athletics director at a NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) institution.
She originally joined San José State in June 2010 as a senior associate athletics director and the athletics department’s chief operating officer. Tuite also held the position of deputy director of athletics/internal operations and fulfilled the role of senior woman administrator (SWA) before being named athletics director.
Her many contributions at San José State include:• Administering the department’s $26-million budget that supports 20 NCAA Division I programs, 450 student-athletes and 110 coaches and staff members
• Facilitating a 15-year naming rights agreement in 2016 for CEFCU Stadium, the Home of the Spartans; and the department’s first all-sports apparel partnership in 2017, a six-year agreement with adidas.
• Facility enhancements on the University’s 62-acre South Campus. In the last five years, the enhancements include a new practice facility for the men’s and women’s golf programs, the Stephens Family Pitching & Hitting Facility for baseball, a new playing field for men’s and women’s soccer and new FieldTurf in CEFCU Stadium football. On the main campus, there are recently renovated locker room facilities for men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball and women’s gymnastics.
• Eliminating a department deficit and adding the sports of women’s indoor and outdoor track and field in 2013, beach volleyball in 2014 and men’s water polo in 2015. The reinstatement of San José State University’s famed men’s track and field program is in October 2018.
• Successfully promoting San José State to be the practice site for the Carolina Panthers as the National Football Conference (NFC) representative in Super Bowl 50
• Taking a leadership role in San José State’s invitation and acceptance to join the Mountain West in July 2013.
Tuite’s daily duties included direct supervision of student services, compliance and business affairs; managing future football scheduling; and serving as the sports supervisor for football, men’s and women’s basketball and women’s golf. In her first seven years at San José State, the football team won its two bowl games, the 2012 Military Bowl and the 2015 Auto National Cure Bowl, and the Spartans captured 11 conference team championships.
Her professional career includes executive positions at Pacific-12 Conference universities and the NCAA. She came to the Spartans from Seattle University where she was a Special Assistant to the Athletics Director. Tuite assisted Seattle University’s transition to NCAA Division I athletics status.
Her first athletics administrative position was at Alma (Mich.) College in 1981 as the Director of Women’s Athletics Programs and Activities. She joined the University of California women’s athletics staff in 1984 as an assistant athletics director.
Tuite worked for the NCAA as an Assistant Director of Championships from 1989 to 1994. She assisted the organization’s sport committees in the administration of the National Collegiate Championships program and coordinated the Association’s corporate partner, merchandising, promotional, and official ball programs for NCAA championships.
She returned to a campus setting in 1994 as a senior associate athletics director at the University of Washington. Her duties included overseeing the process and appointment of new head coaches, directing day-to-day operations including fiscal responsibility and leadership opportunities for numerous sports, and initiating and implementing “keys to success” for priority Husky sports programs.
A two-sport student-athlete and graduate of Central Michigan University, she was inducted into the university’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 1990 as just the third female inductee. Tuite played field hockey and was a star basketball player who majored in physical education. She earned her master’s degree from her alma mater in athletic administration.
Tuite is a member of NACDA (National Association of College Directors of Athletics), Women Leaders in College Sports, and the Women’s Sports Foundation. In May 2012, she was one of 41 local female executives honored at the 28th annual Tribute to Women Awards program by the YWCA Silicon Valley.
The native of Livonia, Mich., has two sons, Michael, a 2015 University of Washington graduate, and John.
NCAA Division I FBS Schools With a Female Director of Athletics (as of June 6, 2017)
|North Caorlina State||Deborah Yow|
|Penn State||Sandy Barbour|
|San José State||Marie Tuite|
|Western Michigan||Kathy Beauregard|