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Dan Tobias Biography
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 15, 2007
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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-         2004 National Coach of the Year by Soccer America

-         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 Arizona

-         2002 Pac-10 Coach of the Year at Washington State


            Arizona soccer coach Dan Tobias enters his fifth year at Arizona having firmly established the Wildcat program. In 2003 he took over a UA club that had never put together a winning season in its first nine years of existence and quickly rebuilt it into a Pac-10 Conference and national contender.


            Owning a 40-35-7 overall record at Arizona, Tobias tied the school record for coaching victories in just his third season and took over the title in the Wildcats’ first match of 2006. He guided Arizona to its first-ever NCAA tournament appearance in 2004 after winning the Pac-10 conference title and finishing a school-best 15-6 overall record, and he returned the program to postseason with a splash the following year by advancing to the round of 16. Arizona’s current three-year run (34-24-5) is the best stretch for any trio of teams in school history.


            “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 Arizona into a program that we can all be proud of and they have helped lay a foundation for success in many years to come.”


            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 Arizona program, Tobias has also instituted a family-oriented approach to his teams.


            “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 Arizona, Tobias earned his first collegiate head coaching job at Washington State University. He firmly established himself as a program-builder in his five seasons in Pullman, guiding the Cougars to two NCAA tournament appearances, in the 2000 and 2002 seasons, and finishing his tenure as the second-winningest coach in WSU soccer history. His efforts at Washington State earned him the 2002 Pac-10 Coach of the Year Honor the season prior to accepting the head coach position at Arizona.


Tobias took over the women’s program at Washington State after four seasons as an assistant women’s soccer coach at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo from 1994-97, where he was a part of the program’s building under head coach Alex Crozier. 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. 


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 Hamilton University in 1987.


He and his wife, Gretchen Bouton, who is also an employee in the athletic department at Arizona, live in Tucson with their two-year-old dog, Truman.

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