Oct. 12, 2009
TUCSON--University of Arizona women's soccer coach Dan Tobias is stepping down from his duties as head coach, effective today, athletics director Jim Livengood announced.
Tobias was in his seventh season as head coach. The 2009 team carries a record of 3-9-1 that gives him a UA career mark of 58-68-9.
"It is with great sadness that I am stepping down from the head coach position for personal reasons," Tobias said. "I would like to thank (UA President) Robert Shelton, Jim Livengood, (senior associate) AD Rocky LaRose and the entire Wildcat family for affording me such a great opportunity at one of the nation's finest universities and one of the country's best athletic departments.
"These are some of the most outstanding people I have had the honor and privilege of knowing, so I do this with tremendous confidence in both their characters and abilities," Tobias said.
Current assistants John Galas and Lisa Oyen will serve as co-interim head coaches, Livengood said, beginning with this week's action at home against Washington and Washington State, on Friday and Sunday. The team has seven games remaining in the regular season including those two contests.
"Dan Tobias took our program to its first Pac-10 championship, and for that we are forever grateful," Livengood said. "We thank him for the many contributions he has given to this department," he said.
Tobias coached the Wildcats to the program's first appearance in the Sweet 16 in 2005 and in 2004 led the Cats to a 15-6 overall record and its first Pacific-10 Conference championship with a 6-3 mark. That helped earn him a second Pac-10 Coach of the Year honor.
Since, the Wildcats have gone 26-43-3 in four seasons, recording single Pac-10 victories in 2006 and 2007, two last year and are winless in league play this year.
Tobias rebuilt Arizona from a program that had not had a winning season in its first 10 years of existence to a contender, earning two appearances in the NCAA Tournament with the 15-6 club in 2004 and the 11-8-3 squad in 2005 that earned a trip to the round of 16 in the championships.
The all-time Arizona leader in coaching victories after three seasons, Tobias was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2004. He also has been recognized on the national level as the 2004 Coach of the Year by Soccer America and as the West Region Coach of the Year by both the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and Soccer Buzz.
Tobias had a successful head coaching career at Washington State from 1998 to 2002 before his hiring at the UA. He was 44-45-5 in five seasons including 13-7 and 11-7-2 marks in 2000 and 2002, respectively. Those two clubs participated in the NCAA Tournament.
Overall, Tobias carries a career coaching record or 102-113-15 in 12 seasons on the Division I level. He played college soccer for four years at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.