147-89-14 (.616) record since 2001
Iowa Conference coach of the year--2002, 2008
Garry Laidlaw took over the Central men's soccer program in 1998 and was named the Iowa Conference coach of the year in 2002 and 2008.
Inheriting a program that had never previously approached the .500 mark, Laidlaw engineered a turnaround which has produced a 147-89-14 (.616) mark over the past 13 years. His career mark is 164-139-18 (.539).
Laidlaw, who guided a surprising squad into the Iowa Conference tournament championship final in 2012, was first tabbed as the league's coach of the year in 2002, after guiding his team to a 16-0-1 regular season. He won the award again in 2008 after guiding his squad to a 7-1 league mark and defeating two NCAA Division III tournament qualifiers in four days.
Previously Laidlaw served as head boys' soccer coach at Central High School in Champaign, Ill. for five seasons and also piloted the girls' squad for one year. He was named Illinois sectional coach of the year in 1995.
Born in England, Laidlaw grew up playing soccer in South Africa and Canada. He received his bachelor's degree from Eastern Illinois University where he was a three-time all-conference player and team captain. He was also a two-time all-region pick and was named the Mid-Continent Conference player of the year. Laidlaw later earned a tryout with the Wichita Wings of the Major Indoor Soccer League.
Laidlaw received a master's degree in physical education from Eastern Illinois in 1991. He taught physical education at St. Mathew's School in Champaign, Ill. for six years. At Central, he also serves as an academic mentor and exercise science instructor.
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Iowa Conference women's coach of the year--2012 (tie), 2014
Former Central College standout Mike Kobylinski joined the Central men's soccer staff as an assistant coach in 2012. He took over the head coaching position of the women's program in 2011.
A 2003 Central grad, Kobylinski helps the men’s program with recruiting, game management and alumni relations. He is also in charge of the men's and women's summer soccer camps and lead organizer of men's and women's soccer trips to Holland and Germany.
“Mike is one of the most passionate people we have in regard to the men’s program,” said coach Garry Laidlaw. “Since he was so nearby, it made sense on many levels, while always understanding his first priority is with the women’s team.”
Kobylinski is engineering a major turnaround with the women’s program. Inheriting a squad that had won six games in three years, Kobylinski piloted the Dutch to a 10-7-1 record in 2011, followed by a 12-6-2 campaign in 2012, tying the school season victories record and setting a school mark with a six-game winning streak. He was a tri-winner of the league's 2012 coach of the year award, a first for Central women's soccer. Central also advanced to the Iowa Conference tournament both years, after missing the tourney the three previous years, and reached the tournament semifinals in 2012. In 2013, the Dutch tied the school season victories record again with a 12-6-2 campaign.
In 2014, Central surged to an 11-4-4 mark and narrowly missed the first NCAA Division III tournament berth in the program's history. The Dutch advanced to the Iowa Conference tournament title game, but after playing to a draw, was topped on the ninth penalty kick in a shootout to determine the league's NCAA qualifier. It was Central's best league tournament finish ever and Kobylinski was tabbed as the conference coach of the year.
He has compiled a 45-23-9 mark over his four seasons with the women's program.
“We basically have two head coaches,” said Laidlaw. “We’re excited to have that much experience on staff and we think it’ll pay huge dividends.”
At Central, Kobylinski was a four-time all-Iowa Conference selection, receiving first-team distinction in 2002. He was Central’s MVP in 2000 and 2002 and became the program’s first National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-West Region pick as a second-team honoree in 2002.
Before returning to Central, Kobylinski served as executive director and director of coaching for the Little Illini Soccer Club in Champaign, Ill., from 2005-10. He also served as assistant women’s soccer coach at Parkland College (Ill.) in 2010. A Kalamazoo, Mich. native, Kobylinski was co-head coach for the 2005 New Castle (Ind.) High School boys’ soccer team and in the previous two seasons was an assistant men’s coach at Eastern Illinois University, where he received a master’s degree in 2004.
Kobylinski is a member of the NSCAA and holds a USSF National ‘D’ License, NSCAA National Youth Diploma, NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma and NSCAA Premier Diploma.
Phone: (641) 628-5224
Will Foskett joined the Central men's soccer staff in 2014 as an assistant coach.
Foskett is a 2012 graduate of Bangor University in Wales, a native of Great Britain and a veteran soccer player.