Dan Tobias Hired to Head Arizona Soccer Program
June 27, 2003
Tucson, Ariz. (June 27) - The University of Arizona athletics department has hired Dan Tobias as the new head coach for the Wildcat women's soccer program, announced athletics director Jim Livengood on Friday. Tobias will be the third head coach in the nine-year history of Arizona soccer.
The head coach of the women's soccer program at Washington State University for the last five years, Tobias tallied a 44-45-6 overall record with the Cougars, including a 17-24-4 mark in Pac-10 play. Tobias guided the Cougars to two NCAA tournament appearances during his time in Pullman, in both the 2000 and 2002 seasons, and he is the second-winningest coach in WSU soccer history.
Last fall, Tobias led Washington State to an 11-7-2 overall record, with a program history-making 5-2-2 mark and third-place finish in the Pac-10. The Cougars ended the season with a No. 8 ranking in the West Region and were edged by conference foe Arizona State in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
The Washington State position was the first collegiate head coaching job for Tobias, who went to Pullman after four seasons as an assistant women's soccer coach at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo from 1994-97. The Mustangs went 56-21-4 while Tobias was with the program, including a Big West title in 1997.
In the spring of 1998, Tobias was both head coach and interim general manager for the California Jaguars, a Division II professional team and Major League Soccer affiliate of the then-San Jose Clash. Tobias also served as head coach of the Central Coast Roadrunners of the USISL during his final two years at Cal Poly. He led the Roadrunners to consecutive national championships while garnering National Coach of the Year honors in 1996. The 1997 squad was also the U.S. Open Cup Amateur champion.
'We are very excited to have Dan Tobias take over our soccer program,' said Livengood. 'He has a history of success in the Pac-10, which is the best women's soccer conference in the nation, and his experiences at Washington State and Cal Poly have given him tremendous knowledge of recruiting on the West Coast. He's the perfect candidate for continuing the upward progress of our program.'
Tobias is a member of the United States Soccer Federation, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and the Latin America Soccer Coaches Association. He has been an active member of the coaching staff for the Washington State Olympic Development Program for various age groups and was a staff coach for the Region IV ODP.
A graduate of Cal Poly, Tobias earned his bachelor of science in business administration from the school in 1987 and received the National Collegiate Business Merit Award for academic and athletic excellence. Tobias received a master's in business administration from Hamilton University in June of 2002.
Tobias replaces former head coach Cathy Klein, who resigned earlier in June to pursue her doctorate and a career in administration.
Dan Tobias' Head Coaching Record
Year School Record Pct. Conference Record Pct. Finish Postseason1998 Washington State 6-10-3 .395 Pac-10 4-4-1 .500 tied 6th1999 Washington State 7-12-0 .368 Pac-10 1-8-0 .111 tied 9th2000 Washington State 13-7-0 .650 Pac-10 5-4-0 .555 6th NCAA first round2001 Washington State 7-9-1 .441 Pac-10 2-6-1 .277 9th2002 Washington State 11-7-2 .600 Pac-10 5-2-2 .677 3rd NCAA first roundTotals Washington State 44-45-6 .495 Pac-10 17-24-4 .422