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Dan Tobias
Dan Tobias

Head Coach

Seventh Year

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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, 2002 Pac-10 Women's Soccer Coach of the Year

Head Coach Dan Tobias enters his seventh season at The University of Arizona having firmly established the Wildcat Soccer Program. When he arrived shortly before the start of the 2003 season, he took over an Arizona club that had never put together a winning season in its first ten years of existence and quickly built it into a Pacific-10 conference, regional and national contender.

The all-time leader in career victories after just three seasons, Tobias guided Arizona to the 2004 Pac-10 conference title by finishing with a school-best 15-6 overall record while earning an automatic berth to NCAA Tournament. Both were "firsts" in the program's young history. The following year, he returned the Wildcats to the postseason, this time with an NCAA tournament run that resulted in a berth in the Sweet Sixteen.

"I'm proud of the banners we have been able to hang so far in our stadium as I know it takes a lot from everyone to earn conference championships and to make deep runs in the playoffs," Tobias explained. "Our goal every year is to gain a berth in the NCAA Tournament and the longer term vision is to be a National Championship program so we are always preparing ourselves to hang more banners of accomplishments. My philosophy has always been to surround ourselves with great people as that gives you the best opportunity to achieve things that have yet to be done. With that said, I have great confidence in our 2009 group as they are a determined crew who have laid a solid foundation on which to guide this fall's team."

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 always had a family-oriented approach to his teams.

"Tucson is a great college town as everything is focused on the Wildcat Family," Tobias said. "The leadership of President Shelton and Athletic Director Jim Livengood has created such a great family atmosphere at the U of A so it's very easy for each sports program, like ours, to follow suit. We have established a solid foundation, we continue to attract elite student-athletes and the environment is centered on the development of these great young people. What an unbelievable opportunity to have the best possible student-athlete experience!"

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, now the Earthquakes.

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: Former 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 former 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 dogs, four-year-old Truman and two-year-old Poly.