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Don Tobin




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Don Tobin is a retired English football midfielder. Since 1995 he has been Director of Coaching at the Dunedin Stirling Soccer Club in the US. He is also assistant coach of the University of Tampa's soccer team, the Tampa Spartans.

In 1970, Tobin signed with Everton FC as a schoolboy apprentice. He later turned professional with the team, but saw no first team time before moving to Rochdale A.F.C. in 1973. After three seasons, he transferred to Witton Albion. In 1977, he moved to Sligo Rovers for one season before moving to the United States where he remained for the rest of his career. When he arrived in the U.S., he signed with the California Sunshine of the American Soccer League. After the 1978 summer outdoor season, he signed with the Wichita Wings of the Major Indoor Soccer League for the 1978-1979 indoor season. In the spring of 1979, he returned to the Sunshine. That season, he was selected for the ASL first team All Star. He played one more season with the Wings in 1979-1980 and one more season with the Sunshine in 1980. In 1981, he signed with the Carolina Lightnin' of the ASL. The Lightnin' won the ASL championship, 2-1 over New York United with Tobin scoring the first Lightnin' goal. This season he was again an ASL first team All Star. He spent three seasons with Carolina. In the fall of 1981, he joined the Los Angeles Lazers for two seasons of MISL action. He scored fifty goals before being released in the summer of 1983. He then signed with the Canton Invaders of the American Indoor Soccer Association. He spent four seasons in Canton and was the 1986 AISA MVP. An injury suffered in February 1987 led to the loss of several months with the Invaders. Then, disagreements between Tobin and the coaching staff led the team to release him at the end of the 1986-1987 season. In 1984, he played for the Rochester Flash in the United Soccer League. In June 1985, he signed with the Tulsa Tornados of the USL, but the league collapsed after only six games. In November 1992, the Tampa Bay Rowdies signed Tobin for the team's upcoming 1988 American Soccer League season. He was a regular starter in 1988, but lost much of the 1989 season with injuries before being suspended by head coach Rodney Marsh in August when he told Marsh he would miss a game in order to manage his ice cream business. The team released him a few weeks later. He was not unemployed for long as the expansion Memphis Rogues of the AISA hired Tobin as head coach. In addition to coaching the team, Tobin also played. On December 15, 1989, the Rogues both fired and released Tobin. In July 1990, he signed with the Orlando Lions of the American Professional Soccer League. The Lions folded at the end of the season and it appears Tobin retired from playing then.

In 2000, Tobin coached the Tampa Bay Extreme of the W-League. He is currently an assistant coach with the University of Tampa's soccer team.

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