- 2004 National Coach of the Year by Soccer
- 2004 NSCAA West Region Coach of the Year
- 2004 West Region Coach of the Year by Soccer Buzz
- 2004 Pac-10 Coach of the Year at
- 2002 Pac-10 Coach of the Year at
Owning a 40-35-7 overall record at
“Everyone feels a real sense of pride in what our student-athletes have accomplished here in such a short amount of time,” Tobias said. “The recent teams have turned
A two-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year (2002, 2004), he has also 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.
“Coach Tobias has come here and done a fantastic job,” Arizona Athletic Director Jim Livengood said. “He has taken our soccer program to a whole new level. I think this is just the beginning of a long tradition of how great UA soccer can be.”
While competing and winning on the highest levels is a major part of the
“It’s important to me, the administration, the student-athletes and their immediate families that everyone feels comfortable in this program,” he said. “A lot of the younger players are getting out on their own for the first time, and to have a family-like environment to be in on a daily basis makes the transition a little bit easier. It is a real pleasure to see our younger student-athletes mature and move on to the mentoring and leadership roles during their careers here.”
Throughout his coaching career, Tobias has become nationally recognized for his ability to build and re-build programs at levels ranging from youth to professional.
Prior to taking the job in
Tobias took over the women’s program at
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.
He has 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 in their first two seasons while garnering National Coach of the Year honors in 1996. The 1997 squad was also the U.S. Open Cup Amateur champion.
Tobias prides himself in always working for the greater good of soccer and is a part of NSCAA’s “Soccer Ambassadors Program”.
He truly enjoys his work in youth soccer as evidenced by his continued work at all levels: U.S. U-17 Women's National Team Assistant Coach; Former Assistant Head Coach for US Youth Soccer's Region IV; Former U-19 & U-16 Head Coach for Region IV Olympic Development Program teams; Former U-17 Assistant Coach for Region IV Olympic Development Program team; Former Head Coach and Assistant Coach for various age groups for Washington State Olympic Development Program; Former U-17 Assistant Head Coach for Arizona Olympic Development Program team; and currently 92 age group assistant coach for Arizona Olympic Development Program.
Tobias, who grew up in the community of Hermosa Beach, Calif., played college soccer for four years with Cal Poly SLO and co-captained the 1987 squad that earned the school’s first NCAA berth. In 1987, he received the National Collegiate Business Merit Award for academic and athletic excellence. Tobias earned a bachelor's degree from
He and his wife, Gretchen Bouton, who is also an employee in the athletic department at