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Central’s Gannon wins women’s soccer coach of the year award

Women's soccer | Jan. 21, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, IND.—Central College’s Katelin Gannon has received the Midwest Region assistant coach of the year award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Gannon, who recently completed her third season with the women’s soccer team, is one of eight regional winners in the senior college women division. She was presented the award at the NSCAA convention in Indianapolis.

“Katelin wears a lot of hats on campus and does a fantastic job in each role,” coach Mike Kobylinski said. “I don’t think a lot of people realize the different jobs she has with soccer, advising, teaching and intramurals. There aren’t a lot of assistant coaches that one, do what Katelin does, and two, do it as well as she does.”

Gannon has been a part of a major turnaround for the women’s soccer program. After enduring a 2-13-1 season in her first year, Gannon has helped pilot the Dutch to back-to-back 10-win seasons. Central posted a 10-7-1 record in 2011 followed by a 12-6-2 campaign in 2012, tying the school season victories record. The Dutch have set 13 school records in the past two seasons, including consecutive wins (6), highest winning percentage (.650) and fewest goals allowed (20). Central also advanced to the Iowa Conference tournament both years, after missing the tourney the three previous seasons, and reached the tournament semifinals in 2012.

“Without Katelin, the soccer program wouldn’t be where it is today,” Kobylinski said.

A Davenport native and Assumption High School graduate, Gannon also serves Central as assistant director of intramurals and exercise science instructor. Gannon, a 2008 Wartburg College graduate, was a two-time first-team all-Iowa Conference pick and a two-year team captain, leading the Knights to the NCAA Division III tournament as a senior. She also guided Assumption to two state titles.                                                                     


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