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So Tom Bowen IS taking his act to Beale St.

Musta been hired to shape up the 26-9 Memphis State mens basketball program.

Yes, irrelevancy WAS eternal at least under the leadership of Tom Bowen. Luckily for us, he wasn’t.

The candidates for San Jose State?

MARIE TUITE

Marie Tuite joined the San Jose State University athletics administrative team in an executive capacity in June 2010 as the Senior Associate Athletics Director/Chief Operating Officer.

At San Jose State, Tuite will oversee all of the Spartans’ internal components and affairs. She will manage the daily operations of the department, have direct supervision of student services and serve as sports supervisor for women’s basketball.

Her professional career includes executive positions at Pacific-10 Conference universities and the NCAA. She comes to the Spartans from Seattle University where she was a Special Assistant to the Athletics Director. Tuite assisted Seattle University’s recent transition to NCAA Division I athletics status and provided administrative leadership to the Redhawks’ men’s basketball program successfully negotiating a facility lease of the 17,000-seat Key Arena and a local radio contract with an ESPN broadcast affiliate.

Her first athletics administrative position was at Alma (Mich.) College in 1981 as the Director of Athletic Programs and Activities for an 18-sport intercollegiate program. 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.

The native of Livonia, Mich., has two teenage sons, Michael and John.

or

JOHN POCH

John Poch returned to San Jose State University in January 2009 as a Senior Associate Athletics Director/Deputy Director of Athletics. His duties include overseeing and managing the department’s external relations components of fund raising and community relations and serving as the sports supervisor for baseball.

Poch served as the Tournament Director of the 1999 and 2000 NCAA Women’s College Cup hosted by San Jose State University and was an assistant coach for the Spartans’ women’s soccer team from 1995 to 2000. Under his direction, the 1999 College Cup attracted more than 28,000 spectators for two semifinal contests and the championship match. The 14,410 in attendance for the championship game remains the top attendance figure for a Women’s College Cup contest.

As a San Jose State assistant coach, he was on the ground floor of the new Spartan program. In its first five seasons, San Jose State posted a 53-44-3 overall win-loss record.

Poch is a successful youth soccer coach with United States Soccer Federation and National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) national licenses. He coached the San Jose Pioneer High School boys’ teams to three Central Coast Section championships and was named the National Coach of the Year in 2001 by the NSCAA for the Youth Girls Competitive category.

From 2000 through 2008, he was the executive director of the After-School All-Stars of Greater San Jose – a program targeting at-risk youths. In his eight years, After-School All-Stars grew from a two-person staff with a $275,000 annual operating budget to a full-time staff of 36 and 230 part-time employees and a $3.9-million budget comprised largely of dollars raised through his fundraising acumen and direction. More than 3,000 students from 50-plus elementary and middle schools in San Jose benefited annually from After-School All-Stars when he elected to return to San Jose State athletics in an executive role.

Poch presently is enrolled in the Sports Management Institute ­ a collaboration of the Universities of Southern California, Texas, Michigan, Notre Dame and North Carolina. The Sports Management Institute provides a specialized executive management program for sports professionals.

He is a member of NACDA (National Association of College Directors of Athletics), NAADD (National Association of Athletic Development Directors) and AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) and remains well-connected in San Jose. He also serves on the board of directors for After-School All-Stars.

The 2001 San Jose State University graduate majored in kinesiology. As a student-athlete, he played football at West Valley College before enrolling at San Jose State.

John and his wife, Debora, a 1988 San Jose University graduate, are the parents of one daughter, Nicole.

Who do you favor?

Let’s hope whoever takes over doesn’t continue to play three card monte with mens basketball.

What’s that noise you hear?

It’s a certain someone packing.

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