General News. Marie Tuite Reflects On Year One As San Jose State’s Athletics Director

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If there were any disappointments you experienced as San Jose State’s athletics director, what are they?

Certainly we can all agree that our football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball programs need to be more competitive. We need to provide more value to the Mountain West as a conference and those sports can be the vehicles for doing so. Trust me, those head coaches know they have to be more competitive and I’m confident we will see better results. No excuses.

Also, I was disappointed I didn’t spend more time with some specific sports. In particular, swimming and diving and women’s track and field. I was present at the NCAA Track Regionals when Destiny Longmire qualified for Nationals in the long jump. She is such an amazing young person…so very proud of her.

But, I need to find time to go to more practices, to attend team meals and simply be more visible to some of our programs. It’s important student-athletes see the Athletics Director and I want them to know I care deeply about their experience here.

Lastly, we had hoped to get a track built for our awesome women’s track and field program and our men’s cross country program, and it didn’t happen. We’re working hard to secure private funds to get it done, but it’s been disappointing.

San Jose State is undergoing an unprecedented facility make-over on the main campus and the South Campus. What is the upcoming schedule for completion of facility projects for the Spartans?

Every day we spend time dealing with South Campus facility projects. Obviously, the championship tennis court and spectator area for the Mubadala Classic is the top priority with the event beginning in late July.

Since you were named director of athletics, can …

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