Marie Tuite is the Athletic Director for San Jose State University. Before ascending to “The Chair,” she was the Deputy Director of Athletics/Internal Operations for the Spartans. In that role, she was responsible for all of the Spartans’ internal components, the department’s daily operations, with direct supervision of student services, compliance and business affairs.
She also managed future football scheduling for San Jose State, along with being the sports supervisor for men’s and women’s basketball.
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 then relocated to the NCAA office in the Kansas City area and served 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), NACWAA (National Association of Collegiate Women’s Athletics Administrators) 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.