142-76-14 (.642) record since 2001
Iowa Conference coach of the year--2002, 2008
A two-time Iowa Conference coach of the year, Garry Laidlaw is entering his 16th year as head men's soccer coach at Central.
Inheriting a program that had never previously approached the .500 mark, Laidlaw engineered a turnaround which has produced a 133-67-13 (.654) mark over the past 11 years. His career mark is 150-117-17 (.558).
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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Iowa Conference women's tri-coach of the year--2012
Former Central College standout Mike Kobylinski is entering his second year as Central’s assistant men’s soccer coach and third season as the head women’s coach.
A 2003 Central grad, Kobylinski will help the men’s program with recruiting, game management and alumni relations.
“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.
“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
Greg Walter is entering his second season on the Central men's soccer coaching staff.
Walter spent the past six years as head women’s soccer coach at William Penn and piloted the Statesmen to a conference title and NAIA national tournament berth in 2006. Walter has also served as head coach of the girls’ Olympic development program for the Iowa Soccer Association since 2011. He was head soccer coach at Oskaloosa High School from 2009-12, leading the girls’ team for three years and the boys’ team in 2012. Previously Walter served as head men’s and women’s soccer coach at his alma mater, MacMurray College (Ill.). He guided the women from 2000-05 and the men from 2005-06.
Walter is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and holds a USSF National ‘D’ License, NSCAA National Coaching Diploma, NSCAA Advanced Regional Diploma and NSCAA Goalkeeper State and National Diploma. Walter also volunteers as the director of coaches for the Mahaska County Soccer Club and coaches a U12 club team.
Volunteer assistant coach
Will Foskett is entering his second season as a volunteer assistant men’s soccer coach at Central.
Foskett is a 2012 graduate of Bangor University in Wales, a native of Great Britain and a veteran soccer player.