The Buffalo, N.Y., native was an assistant coach with the University of Rhode Island rowing program from August 2009 through August 2012. At URI, Tuppen oversaw all facets of the Rams' novice team and also coached the varsity four boats during the spring season. She assisted the coaching staff with all aspects of recruiting and team travel planning.
Prior to her time at Rhode Island, Tuppen held the title of volunteer coach at Ohio State University from September 2008 to May 2009. She helped guide the Buckeyes to a varsity four boat title at the Big Ten Championships and South Central Regional Championships and a sixth-place finish at NCAAs.
Tuppen competed collegiately for the Buckeyes from 2001 through 2004, rowing primarily in the varsity four boat and novice eight crew. She graduated from Ohio State with a bachelor of arts in women's studies.