July 29, 1998
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Athletics director Rick Dickson has chosen Dan Tobias to lead the women's soccer program at Washington State University.
This is the first collegiate head coaching assignment for Tobias, 34, who has guided several professional U.S.I.S.L. men's teams. He becomes the third head coach of the Cougar soccer program, which celebrates its tenth season of competition this fall.
Tobias replaces Lisa Gozley, who resigned WSU's head post June 22 to accompany her husband to Long Island, N.Y., where he accepted a position with a family-owned construction company.
"Washington State was the first women's college opening I had a sincere interest in pursuing," said Tobias, who passed on an administrative position with the San Jose Clash of Major League Soccer to coach the Cougars. "There are so many built-in incentives. WSU is a school with a great academic and athletic reputation. The resources and support are top notch. And there is the allure of the Pac-10 Conference and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament."
Tobias was a masterful recruiter during his four seasons (1994-97) as an assistant women's coach at Cal Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. The Mustangs boasted a combined 56-21-4 overall record while Tobias was with the program. In 1997, Cal Poly was crowned the Big West regular season champion with a 15-6 mark while sophomore Gina Oceguera, a Tobias recruit, was named the Big West Player of the Year.
"Dan has been instrumental in developing top notch players and programs at the college and professional levels," said Dickson. "He already has a tremendous recruiting network up and down the West Coast."
"I think everybody is excited for a new coach, a new season and a new beginning," said senior forward Amy Chippendale. "Coach Tobias has some good ideas to get more people to our games and create a great soccer atmosphere. He's willing to work hard and is excited about Washington State."
This past spring Tobias was both head coach and interim general manager for the California Jaguars, a Division II professional team from Salinas. Tobias also served as head coach of the Central Coast Roadrunners of the U.S.I.S.L. during his final two years at Cal Poly. He led the 1996 and 1997 Roadrunners to the national titles while garnering coach of the year honors in 1996.
Tobias played college soccer for four seasons at Cal Poly and captained the 1987 squad that earned the school's first NCAA berth. He graduated in 1987 with a degree in technical business and received the National Collegiate Business Merit Award for academic and athletic excellence.