Missouri State University Head Baseball Coach, Keith Guttin, will be the special guest speaker at the Youth Baseball Network National Championship opening ceremony in Branson, Missouri.
The YBN National Championship ceremony will take place at the Branson Landing on Wednesday, 19 August at 6:30 PM. The ceremony will feature the 12U Champions of several major youth baseball organizations. The championship teams vying for the YBN crown represent American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC), Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), Continental Amateur Baseball Association (CABA), Dizzy Dean Baseball, and National Amateur Baseball Federation (NABF). In addition, a host Branson-area All-Star team will participate. The Championship will be played August 19-22 at the Branson RecPlex.
Coach Guttin has been Head Baseball Coach at MSU in Springfield, Missouri since the 1983 baseball season. He has led MSU to eleven regular-season or Missouri Valley Conference tournament championships and eight Division-1 NCAA tournament appearances. In 2003, Coach Guttin’s MSU Bears played in the NCAA Division-1 College World Series.
Coach Guttin was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame on January 25, 2015.
With 1,130 victories to his credit, Coach Guttin ranks 13th in wins for all active Divisioin-1 college baseball coaches. He has been named Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year 5-times, including the 2015 season. The American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) named him Division-1 Midwest Region Coach of the Year in 1997 and 2003.
A University City, Missouri native, Guttin finished his undergraduate degree at the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1978, and earned his Master's Degree in 1984 at Truman State. He and his wife, Marianne, have three daughters; Lauren, Lindsey and Samantha.