Tina Dechausay, formerly Tina Thomas, is in her 17th year as a member of the Florida State athletics staff. She joined the Florida State family in December 1994 as an Assistant Sports Information Director and was named Sports Information Director in April 2007.
Dechausay, 41, oversees all media relations for FSU’s 19 intercollegiate sports and is the primary media contact for football head coach Jimbo Fisher. She began traveling with the football team in 1999 during the program’s run to the national championship. Over the years, Dechausay has worked 10 football bowl games, including two national championship games, and was the editor of the football game program for four years. She also served as the primary contact for women’s basketball from 1994 to 2007 during which time the Seminoles participated in four NCAA Tournament appearances, including the program’s first ever Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2007.
Dechausay was promoted to Associate Sports Information Director in 2000 and Senior Associate Sports Information Director in 2004 and office manager, among other duties, were added to her responsibilities. Since joining the staff in 1994, she has, at one time or another, been the primary sports information contact for the volleyball, softball and soccer programs as well as working as the media director for numerous NCAA and ACC softball and baseball postseason events. Dechausay has also served as publications coordinator for several years.
Prior to becoming a Seminole, Dechausay spent two years as an Assistant Sports Information Director at the University of Missouri where she was responsible for the day-to-day media efforts of women’s basketball, softball, track and field and cross country as well as editing the football game program. She was the sports information director for softball during the team’s College World Series appearance in 1994 and for the women’s basketball team during its trip to the 1994 NCAA Tournament.
In 1996, Dechausay worked as an Interview Room Manager for the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga., coordinating press conferences for men’s and women’s basketball and gymnastics, fencing, wrestling, weightlifting, judo and handball. She also served as Media Director for the 1996 NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Championships, held in Tallahassee and hosted by Florida State.
A member of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), Dechausay garnered CoSIDA Best in the Nation Award 4th place honors for her 1999 softball and 2002 women’s basketball media guides. She served as Coordinator for GTE Academic All-America District VII, University Men’s Division in 1991 and was Co-Recipient of the CoSIDA Best in the Nation Award for 1990-91 Division I men’s basketball guide cover while at St. Louis University.
A 1990 graduate of Bradley University, Dechausay earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations and journalism while working in the sports information office for three years. A native of Peoria, Illinois, Dechausay also spent a year as an intern in the St. Louis University sports information office and a year and a half working towards a master’s degree in sports administration at Illinois State University.
Dechausay and her husband Marlon,are the proud parents of Marlon Donavon who will turn three in November.