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 151-102-14 (.592) mark over the past 13 years. His career mark is 168-152-18 (.524).

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
Email: laidlawg@central.edu

Will FoskettWill Foskett
Assistant coach

Will Foskett joined the Central men's soccer staff in 2016 as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.

Foskett was previously a part-time and volunteer assistant coach in the program from 2012-2015.

He has experience with the Pella Soccer Club coaching youth teams from September 2012 to June 2014. He has a USSF National 'E' License.

A native of Great Britain, Foskett is a veteran soccer player. He gradauted from Bangor University in 2012 with a Bachelor's degree in theology.

Phone: (641) 628-5789
Email: foskettw@central.edu

Greg WalterGreg Walter
Assistant coach/goalkeepers

Greg Walter rejoined the Central men's soccer staff in 2016 as an assistant coach.

Previously with the program from 2012-13, Walter will serve as the team's goalkeeper trainer.

Walter was a four-year letterwinner and three-time all-conference goalkeeper at Division IIi MacMurray College (Ill.).

In 2006, Walter was named the head coach of the women's program at William Pennn University. He coached the Lady Statesmen from 2006-11.

Walter served as the head women's coach at MacMurray from 2000-2004. He had previously been an assistant with the men's team from 1998-99.

He has been coaching at Oskaloosa High School since 2009, serving as the girl's head coach from 2009-2015 and switching to the boy's team in 2016.

Zach Jensen
Assistant coach

Zach Jensen joined the Central men's soccer staff in 2016 as a volunteer assistant coach.

Jensen is a 2013 graduate of Central College and four-year player for Laidlaw from 2009-12.

He has coaching experience with youth teams in Johnston and Pella and has also worked with the boy's team at Johnston High School since 2013.

 


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