TUCSON, Ariz. ?- University of Arizona soccer head coach Dan Tobias was named the 2004 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, the league announced Thursday. Additionally, the Wildcats had five players named to the Pac-10 all-conference team, which is the most in the history of the program.
The announcement comes as Arizona prepares for its first-ever NCAA Tournament match in Storrs, Conn.
Tobias, in his second year with the program, guided the Wildcats to their first-ever share of the Pac-10 title, along with UCLA. He led 13th-ranked Arizona to an overall record 15-5 and 6-3 in Pac-10 action. With Tobias as head coach, Arizona improved from worst (tied for ninth) to first (Pac-10 co-champions) in just one season.
Arizona set a school record for wins this year, improving on last year's 6-11-2 overall mark. The Wildcats are the No. 13 seed in the 2004 NCAA Championship and will play Colgate on Friday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. EST.
Tobias owns an overall record of 21-6-2 (.759) at Arizona, while his overall coaching record stands at 65-51-8 (.557). Tobias came to Arizona in 2002 after coaching at Washington State for six years. He guided the Cougars to two NCAA Tournament appearances during his tenure.
Tobias is the second coach to receive Pac-10 Coach of the Year accolades twice, after being named 2002 Coach of the Year while at Washington State. USC's Jim Millinder accomplished the feat in 1996 and 1998.
Wilks is a first team All Pac-10 selection for the second time in her Wildcat career; the first came last season as a junior. She also earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors as a freshman and sophomore. Wilks has led the Wildcat offense this season with seven goals and four assists. With four game-winning goals, she has been vital the Wildcats’ success this season. She is the first player in the history of the program to earn All Pac-10 accolades in all four seasons as a
Peeples was also named first team all-Pac-10. She was named to the second team as a sophomore and to the honorable mention team as a freshman. Starting 17 games as a defender, Peeples has led the Wildcat defense that has only allowed 10 goals against. She is one of three co-captains for the team.
Miller is a second team all-Pac-10 selection. She earned honorable mention accolades as a sophomore. She has started all 20 games for the Wildcats and leads the team and the Pac-10 in assists with nine. She is also Arizona’s points leader, combining her nine assists with five goals for 19 points.
In the first all-Pac-10 selection of her career, David was garnered honorable mention kudos. She has started 13 games for the Wildcats while posting five goals, including the game-winning goal in Arizona’s 1-0 double overtime victory over Stanford.
Smith has received an honorable mention selection for her efforts as the Wildcat goalkeeper. She has recorded 11 shutouts while only allowing 10 goals against. She has played every minute of the season and has posted a 0.50 goals against average.