Ex-San Jose State athletic director Marie Tuite says she’s left SJSU

Marie Tuite, the former San Jose State athletic director whose handling of sex abuse allegations led to her reassignment in May, has left the school.

Tuite, 67, announced her departure in an email Friday to some athletic department staff members. The school has made no announcement.

“Now, after all the unique challenges and circumstances presented during this past year, it is an ideal opportunity for me to close one chapter in my career and turn my time and energies to exploring future opportunities. Accordingly, I am resigning from my current position with the University effective today,” she wrote.

One of 12 women athletic directors in the country, Tuite presided over the most successful football season in 80 years at San Jose State. Her decision to extend the contract of coach Brent Brennan after a three-year record of 8-29 paid dividends in 2020 when the Spartans went 7-0 and won the Mountain West championship. Despite losing its bowl game, SJSU was ranked 24th in the final Associated Press poll.

Marie Tuite joined the on-field celebration when SJSU won the Mountain West championship. (AP Photo/John Locher) 

Tuite’s fall from those heights began soon thereafter, but it was rooted in her actions over the course of several years. Tuite (pronounced TOO-it) was accused of harassing and bullying a swim coach who for years raised concerns about the behavior of Scott Shaw, the school’s former director of sports medicine. Shaw resigned last year before an independent investigation found he had sexually assaulted female athletes under the guise of therapeutic massages.

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