Men's soccer

  • 151-102-14 (.592) record since 2001
  • Iowa Conference tournament appearances in 13 of last 14 years
  • Nine winning seasons in the past 14 years
  • 2012 Iowa Conference tournament finalist

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Coaching staff

Garry Laidlaw
Head coach

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.

Phone: (641) 628-5789

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Will Foskett
Assistant coach

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.



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