Tom Seitz Named New Athletic Director
Mr. Seitz brings over 25 years experience as a student-athlete, coach and administrator. He has led the revitalization or building of new athletic programs and facilities including planning, fundraising and community engagement.
Previously, Seitz served as the director of athletics for Jacksonville State University in Alabama and Jacksonville University in Florida. At Jacksonville State, he provided the steady leadership that moved their NCAA Division II program to a successful Division I program. At Jacksonville University he grew the athletic program from 14 sports and 200 student-athletes to 20 sports and over 400 student-athletes.
Seitz will leave Falcon School District in Colorado Springs, CO, where he has served as district athletic director, and take over as athletic director from Dr. Steve Nichols, who served in the position for the last five years. Dr. Nichols will rejoin the faculty in the Department of Political Science.
"Throughout his career Mr. Seitz has demonstrated his strong athletic administration skills, his ability to fundraise and build community support, his commitment to the academic success of athletes and strong ethical standards," commented President Haynes. "He understands the integral role athletics plays in campus life, embraces our ‘University first' perspective, and understands the challenges and opportunities facing Cougar Athletics."
The new athletic director - who will officially begin his CSUSM post on July 1 - said he is grateful for the opportunity to provide executive leadership for CSUSM's intercollegiate sports programs. "I am thrilled to become a part of Cal State San Marcos and believe the potential for Cougar Athletics is tremendous. I look forward to working with the entire University community," Mr. Seitz said. "While there are challenges ahead there are also many opportunities to build CSUSM Athletics into something really special."
Mr. Seitz will take over the Department of Athletics that features 10 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) sports programs - men's and women's cross-country, soccer, golf, and track and field; men's baseball; and women's softball. In his new role, Seitz will lead the University in moving forward the vision of athletic programming at CSUSM as well as increase donor support and community engagement.
Mr. Seitz holds a bachelor's degree from Oglethorpe University and a master's degree in business administration from the Citadel.