Women's soccer

  • 54-29-11 (.633) mark over past five seasons
  • 2014 Iowa Conference tournament finalist
  • Received votes in
    2015 and 2016 D3soccer.com national poll
  • NSCAA All-North Region
    selections in 2013-15

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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.

Already the winningest coach in program history, Kobylinski piloted Central to a 9-6-2 finish in 2015 to qualify for the league tournament for the fifth consecutive year. The team reached the No. 9 spot in the NSCAA North Region poll and received votes in the D3Soccer.com rankings.

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 and Kobylinski was tabbed as the conference coach of the year.

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. He led the Dutch to consecutive 12-6-2 seasons in 2012 and 2013, earning conference coach of the year honors in 2012.

Kobylinski has compiled a 54-29-11 mark over his five seasons and has had one player named conference offensive MVP and three players named NSCAA all-region selections. His teams have compiled a 3.46 GPA over five years, highlighted by a NSCAA Scholar All-Region selection in 2014.

From 2005-2011, Kobylinski served as executive director and director of coaching for the Little Illini Soccer Club in Champaign, Illinois.

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. At Central he runs the high school women's residential summer soccer camp.

A Kalamazoo, Mich. native who played club soccer for Kalamazoo TKO (Midwest United), 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.

A 2003 grad, Kobylinski was a four-time all-Iowa Conference honoree at Central, 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.

Read about coach Kobylinski and the Dutch women's soccer program

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

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 from 2011-14. In 2012, Gannon was named the NSCAA Midwest Region assistant coach of the year. She also oversees the youth soccer clinics at Central.
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 an exercise science instructor.

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

Russ Goodman
Assistant coach/goalkeepers

Russ Goodman rejoined the Central women's soccer staff in 2011 as an assistant coach after previously working for the Dutch from 2002-07.

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 have earned all-Iowa Conference recognition six times. Under his tutelage, a Central goalkeeper earned NSCAA All-Region for the first time in 2015. 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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