Simon Tobin will begin his 27th season as head men’s soccer coach at CSU Bakersfield in the Fall of 2013.
Tobin took over a CSUB program that won 14 matches (only one in conference play) in its first eight seasons and turned the Roadrunners into a perennial contender in the West Region, culminating in 1997, when his squad went 20-4-0 and captured the NCAA Division II National Championship. He was named both the CCAA and NCAA Coach of the Year for his efforts that season.
He followed those honors with the 1998 CYSA Coach of the Year, given to the top coach of youth soccer in California each year.
At the Division II level, Tobin’s Roadrunners qualified for seven NCAA Tournaments (1990, 1994-97, 2001, 2004) and were seeded No. 1 in the West Region three times (1994-95, 97). CSUB won two West Region titles (1995, 1997). Tobin led CSUB to five conferenc2e championships and was named conference Coach of the Year five times.
He recruited and coached the school’s first 11 soccer All-Americans (including five first-team members), 32 All-Far West athletes and six conference MVPs. Tobin left the Division II ranks listed No. 13 in career victories (248).
During the 2007 and 2008 seasons, Tobin’s Roadrunners competed as a NCAA Division I independent. Struggling to schedule home matches, the program compiled an 8-23-4 mark during those seasons, but has also achieved some standout moments, including a 2-1 overtime victory over the University of Portland in CSUB’S first game at the Division I level.
In 2009, CSUB joined the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF). Tobin’s Roadrunners finished in a tie for fourth and would have qualified for the MPSF Championship Tournament had CSUB been eligible.
2010 saw Tobin selected as MPSF Coach of the Year. The Roadrunners won the MPSF Pacific Division Title, achieved a national ranking as high as No. 13, posted the second-highest point total in the conference (18) and recorded a two-spot improvement from the previous season. CSUB went 10-5-3 (5-2-3 in the MPSF), two wins better overall and in the conference from 2009. The Roadrunners were unbeaten in seven straight conference games in the month of October.
CSUB advanced to the MPSF Tournament finals before falling 2-1 in overtime to Sacramento State. Jesus Sanchez was chosen MPSF MVP while Gyasi Zardes was named MPSF Newcomer of the Year. Sanchez and Zardes became the first Roadrunners to be selected All-Region by the NSCAA at the Division I level.
The Roadrunners repeated as MPSF Pacific Division Champions in 2011 and returned to the MPSF Tournament championship match where the Roadrunners tied New Mexico before the Lobos outshot the ‘Runners in penalty kicks. The program was awarded a berth in the 2011 NCAA Division I men’s soccer tournament where a school record crowd of 2,207 saw CSUB host Saint Mary’s in the first round of the tournament.
Zardes became the first CSUB player to be chosen as a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy, emblematic of the most valuable player in Division I men’s soccer. Zardes earned All-American honors from three different publications/websites and was also selected MPSF MVP.
The Roadrunners closed MPSF play with the program’s third consecutive Pacific Division Championship and the No. 2 seed at the MPSF Tournament. Zardes was selected MPSF Player of the Year for the second time and was named to several All-American teams. Zardes signed a homegrown contract with the LA Galaxy of the MLS in December of 2012. Kory Kindle, a 2012 first team All-Conference selection went in the second round of the 2013 MLS Superdraft to the Colorado Rapids.
In four seasons as part of the MPSF, CSUB has earned 19 All-Conference selections and 12 Academic All-Conference selections. In the Fall of 2013, CSUB will move to the Western Athletic Conference.
Tobin has a 296-180-52 (a .610 winning percentage) as CSUB Men’s Soccer Coach.
In addition to his accomplishments with the men’s program, Tobin spearheaded the addition of women’s soccer to CSUB Athletics and was the program’s first head coach. After a remarkable inaugural season which saw the ‘Runners post a 10-6-3 record, Tobin led his women’s team to a share of the CCAA title in just its second season in 1997. CSUB became the first CCAA team in any women’s sport to win a conference title in just its second year of existence. In 10 seasons as CSUB Women’s Head Coach, Tobin went 82-94-21.
Tobin’s overall collegiate coaching record is 378-274-73 (a .571 winning percentage).
Born in London, England, Tobin played for Nonington College, Kent, in 1983, representing Nonington College, Brighton Polytechnic and British Colleges. As a youth player, he was attached to first division Queens Park Rangers in London and played in Paris.
A 1983 graduate of Nonington College, he received a B.A. (honors) degree in movement studies and served as president of the student union. He obtained a teaching diploma (physical education and history) in 1987 from Brighton Polytechnic.
Involved with the Olympic Development Program in the U.S. and in possession of an FA coaching award from England, Tobin conducts soccer youth clinics in California and England in the off-season.