Women's soccer

  • 45-23-9 (.643) mark over past four seasons
  • 2014 Iowa Conference tournament finalist
  • 10-time Iowa Conference tourney qualifiers
  • 2014 NSCAA All-North Region third team honoree
  • 2013 Iowa Conference Offensive MVP award winner

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Coaching staff

Mike Kobylinski
Head coach
Iowa Conference coach of the year--2012 (tie), 2014

A two-time Iowa Conference coach of the year, former Central College standout Mike Kobylinski became the school's women's soccer coach in 2011.

He's already the winningest coach in program history. Inheriting a squad that had won six games in three years, Kobylinski piloted the Dutch to a 10-7-1 record in 2011, the fourth-best turnaround in Division III, then followed with 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.

Kobylinski has compiled a 45-23-9 mark over his four seasons.

A 2003 Central grad, Kobylinski served as executive director and director of coaching for the Little Illini Soccer Club in Champaign, Ill. from 2005-11. He also served as assistant women’s soccer coach at Parkland College (Ill.) in 2010.

In 2005 Kobylinski was the co-head coach for the New Castle (Ind.) High School boys soccer team that went 13-4-2 and in the previous two seasons was an assistant men’s soccer coach at Division I Eastern Illinois University, which competes in the Summit League. He received a master’s degree there in 2004.

Also an experienced camp instructor and clinician, Kobylinski helped send numerous club players on to successful college careers.

A Kalamazoo, Mich. native who played club soccer for Kalamazoo TKO, Kobylinski is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and holds a USSF National 'D' License, NSCAA National Youth Diploma, the NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma, and the NSCAA Premier Diploma.

At Central, Kobylinski was a four-time all-Iowa Conference honoree, earning first-team distinction in 2002. He was Central’s MVP in 2000 and 2002 and became the program’s first NSCAA All-West Region pick when he was a second-team choice in 2002.

What others are saying about Coach Kobylinski:

“Mike has been a significant part of the soccer community in Champaign-Urbana and will be missed on the field and in the community. I believe that Mike is ready to take on this challenge and will make an impact on the Central program and the Pella soccer community.”

-Janet Rayfield, head women's soccer coach at the University of Illinois
and technical advisor/assistant for U.S. women's national team.

"Mike is someone who has always supported me through the ups and downs. He has continually helped me with the growing pains of my professional career. I have no doubt he will be an exceptional college coach. I look forward to watching his success grow on a higher level at Central."

-Ella Masar, seventh-leading scorer in the Women's Professional Soccer
league in 2010, plays for Chicago Red Stars and played for the
U.S. Women’s National Team and Paris Saint Germain in France.

“Mike is a talented, young, innovative coach who pushes his players to reach their potential. His attention to detail and motivational skills are inspirational. He is a true players’ coach.”

-Steve Crane, former professional player and director of coaching
at the Striker Soccer Academy in Orlanda, Fla.

Phone: (641) 628-5224
Email: kobylinskim@central.edu

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Katelin Gannon
Assistant coach
Former all-Iowa Conference player Katelin Gannon joined the Central College staff as assistant women's soccer coach in 2009.

Gannon has been part of a major turnaround for the Dutch, helping guide the program to four straight 10-win seasons. In 2012, Gannon was named the NSCAA Midwest Region assistant coach of the year.
A 2008 Wartburg College graduate, Gannon was a first-team all-league honoree in 2006 and 2007, also earning D3kicks.com all-Central region honors in 2007. Gannon gained academic all-conference distinction as well. She was a two-year Wartburg team captain and the squad’s most valuable player in 2007, helping lead the Knights to the NCAA Division III tournament.
While at Wartburg, Gannon served two years on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, including a year as the group’s vice president.
Gannon received a master’s degree in kinesiology and nutrition at the Univ. of Illinois-Chicago and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. She has a USSF National 'D' License and NSCAA Goalkeeping Level I License.

Gannon spent three years as an assistant coach for the girls’ soccer squad at Cedar Falls High School. She also coached at numerous clinics.

A Davenport native, Gannon also serves Central as co-director of intramurals and as an exercise science instructor.

Phone: (641) 628-5448
Email: gannonk@central.edu

Russ Goodman
Assistant coach/goalkeepers

Russ Goodman is entering his 12th season as assistant women's soccer coach at Central. He served from 2001-07, before returning in 2011. He is again working with the Dutch goalkeepers.

Goodman also coached the Pella Soccer Club premier girls’ team for three seasons, winning the NSC Cup in Blaine, Minn. in 2009.

During his tenure at Central, Goodman’s goalkeepers earned all-Iowa Conference recognition five times. He has a USSF National 'D' License and a Goalkeeping Advanced Level III Diploma.

Also a soccer game official, Goodman received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Texas-Arlington, with a doctoral degree from the University of Oklahoma. He serves as an associate professor of mathematics at Central.

Phone: (641) 628-7640
Email: goodmanr@central.edu

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