133-67-13 (.654) record since 2001
PELLA— Mike Kobylinski, head women’s soccer coach at Central College, has taken on a new additional role as assistant coach for the men’s soccer team.
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 posted just three wins the previous two years, Kobylinski piloted the Dutch to a 10-7-1 mark in his first season. Central also gained an Iowa Conference tournament berth for the first time since 2007, posting a 3-4-1 league record.
“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.