TUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona’s Dan Tobias has been named women’s soccer West Region Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Tobias is one of six regional winners who are finalists for the national coach of the year award, which will be announced in early January.
Tobias, in his second year with the program, guided the Wildcats to their first-ever share of the Pacific-10 title and NCAA Tournament berth. He led Arizona to an overall record of 15-6 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, while breaking 31 school records.
“I really can’t think of an honor that would be more deserved than recognizing Coach Tobias as Regional Coach of the Year,” University of Arizona Athletic Director Jim Livengood said. “What he’s done for this program in two years is just short of miraculous. He has taken our soccer program to a whole new level. The greatest thing is that this year’s seniors got to be a part of that and were able to see how good UA soccer can be.”
Other regional winners were: Mark Francis, University of Kansas (Central Region); Randy Waldrum, University of Notre Dame (Great Lakes Region); Julie Shackford, Princeton University (Mid Atlantic Region); Rudy Meredith, Yale University (North East Region); and Robbie Church, Duke University (South Region).