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Centennial High School is excited to welcome Manny Cobo as the new varsity girls’ soccer head
“Coach Manny Cobo brings a wide spectrum of coaching experience with him, but more importantly, his coaching philosophy aligns with the Centennial School District vision and mission,” says Matt St. Martin, Centennial High School Director of Athletics and Activities. “Manny believes that the values learned from
participating in education based athletics allow student-athletes to grow as individuals.”

Cobo resides in Lino Lakes with his family. Manny most recently served as the Forest Lake High School Girls’ Varsity Soccer Head Coach. In addition, Manny is the U14 - U19 Boys Director of Coaching
for Twin Cities Rush Soccer Club. Over the course of his 15-year coaching career, Manny has coached girls and boys at both the club and high school levels.  

Cobo stated, "Not only am I excited to be a part of a great program, but a program that is within a community that I live in. My mission is to continue to strive for the success that the previous coaching staff has done with the student athletes both on and off the field. I look forward to meeting the players and the coaching staff and preparing for the upcoming season!" 

“Coach Cobo will be an incredible asset to our coaching staff and school community as a whole” says Matt St. Martin, Director of Athletics and Activities.

The Centennial High School Girls Soccer program is for registered students in grades 9-12. The high school season is mid-August through early October for the lower level teams within our program.

The varsity team may play into late October or early November, this is dependent upon postseason success. Practices are held each day there is not a game, except for Sundays. Typically, the Centennial Girls Soccer program offers four levels of play, 9th, B-Squad, JV, and Varsity. Levels of play are always determined by the number of registered student-athletes and their skill level. 

Student-athletes are not allowed to participate until athletic registration is complete. Each student-athlete will be evaluated during the tryout process and placed on a team that the coaching staff feels is a right fit. Tryouts are conducted by our high school coaching staff. Tryouts range from the first two to four days of the first week of practices in mid-August. Based on the number of registered participants and their skill set roster cuts may take place. 

Team Overview

Team Website:
(*Please note, this link leads to a page off of the Centennial Athletics & Activities website. It is not sponsored by the school or district.)

If you are new to the program and interested in getting updated information, please create an account (upper right corner) on our team site. This is the best way to get communication.  

Twitter: @centgirlssoccer 

Season overview 
Centennial High School Girl's Soccer program is for 9th-12th graders. The high school season is August – early October for most teams within our program. Depending on how Varsity does, their season may go into November (state tournament). Practices are every day that there isn’t a game, except for Sundays (off).  

Off-season expectations
The coaching staff highly encourages all players to do strength training during the off-season to mitigate injuries. Players typically play 3-4 times a week with their club team all year, which doesn’t prepare them for the 6 days a week high school season. Injuries often occur because players bodies are not used to the intense load of the high school season. Strength training will decrease risk of injury and prepare players for the season. 

We hold a summer camp in the summer for all new and current players in the program. This is an opportunity to meet new teammates, meet the coaching staff, prepare for tryouts, and have fun! Registration normally opens in April. Although camp is not a requirement, it is highly encouraged.  

Club Soccer vs High School Soccer 
Club soccer teams are typically organized by birth year (and not by grade), leaving a gap within fall club teams due to 9th graders playing on a high school soccer team. Because of this gap, we often have skilled 8th graders tryout for our high school program. Club soccer runs throughout the winter, spring and summer while high school soccer is just in the fall. If you are participating in high school soccer, you are not allowed to play on a fall club team per MSHSL rules.

Formation of Teams 
Tryout registration opens early August. To tryout, you must register and have a current physical on file. Players are not allowed to participate until registration is complete. We will form teams based on how many girls tryout. For example, if we have 72 girl’s tryout, we will have enough to form 4 teams (C squad, B Squad, JV, Varsity). Each player will be evaluated during tryouts and placed on a team that the coaching staff feels is a right fit. Tryouts are conducted by our coaching staff. Tryouts are normally held mid-August, with practices starting immediately after tryouts. 

Games and practices
Centennial High School is in the Northwest Suburban Conference. You can expect to play 2-3 games a week. All home games and practices are held at Centennial High School, while away games are played at other schools within the area. Players will practice on days there are no games, with Sunday's being off. Every player will receive 1 practice shirt if you are new to the program. You can also purchase more practice shirts right before the season.  

We hold fundraising events throughout the year to help pay for the costs of the program. Every player is expected to fundraise/pay $150 additional to registration. As a program, we try to offer several fundraising opportunities for the players and families. The amount earned goes directly towards the player’s fundraising account. For example, if a player helps with a car wash, the money earned gets divided by the number of girls who participate. Our treasurer keeps track of every player's balance in the program.  

Feel free to reach out to with any questions. 

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