Reassignment of San Jose State Sports Director Marie Tuite
SAN JOSE – A growing scandal over handling allegations of sexual abuse involving female athletes has led to the reassignment of San Jose State Sports Director Marie Tuite.
Tuite, one of 12 women who led a major athletic program at a college, has been transferred to a fundraising role outside of the athletics department, she told her staff on Friday morning during ‘a video call, two sources told the Bay Area News Group.
Tuite was named in two wrongful dismissal lawsuits by former employees and a retaliatory lawsuit by swim coach Sage Hopkins, the person who brought the abuse allegations to university officials in 2009 and continued to complain to sports administrators about the situation over the years.
The case stems from allegations that Scott Shaw, the former director of sports medicine, sexually abused at least 20 female athletes. In 2010, the school’s human resources office concluded that the uncomfortable contact was the result of Shaw’s use of “pressure point therapy,” which it said was a “good faith means of treat muscle injuries ”.
President Mary Papazian, who took over from San Jose state in 2016, said she opened a second investigation into the case in late 2019 after receiving 300 pages of documents Hopkins sent to officials from the National Collegiate Athletic Association and Mountain West conference.
This latest investigation corroborated the allegations of the female athletes and reversed the findings of the original investigation.
The case caught the attention of the FBI and attorneys in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice and prompted legal action notices from 10 female athletes.
It also led the California State University Academic Senate to pass a resolution this week supporting the right of individuals to speak out against abuse and specifically calling attention to the situation in San State. Jose.
Tuite, a former college field hockey and basketball star in central Michigan, was hired as the sports department’s director of operations in 2010. She was named athletic director in May 2017, succeeding Gene Bleymaier.
A call to Tuite’s lawyer on Friday morning was not immediately returned.
Check back for more on this developing story.