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Guttin Receives Two-Year Contract Extension

June 22, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Missouri State University has extended the contract of baseball head coach Keith Guttin for two additional seasons, as approved Friday by the Missouri State University Board of Governors at its regularly-scheduled meeting.

Guttin's base salary will remain at $113,419 annually. His two-year contract extension will carry through the 2022 season and includes numerous incentive and achievement pay bonuses for conference and NCAA success.

"I'm extremely pleased that Coach Guttin has agreed to this extension, ensuring that he'll be with us for at least four more years," Missouri State Director of Athletics Kyle Moats said. "Our baseball program continues to excel at the highest level, and our outstanding staff—with Coach Guttin at the helm—is the driving force behind that continued success." 

Under Guttin's leadership, the baseball Bears concluded their 2018 campaign with a 40-17 overall record after capturing their second consecutive Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title and their third NCAA Regional berth in the last four seasons. MSU is coming off its most-successful four-year period in the 55-year history of the program, compiling a 170-70 cumulative record while winning a pair of NCAA Regionals, as well as two MVC Tournament titles to go along with its three Valley regular-season championships.

Overall, the Bears bench boss has compiled a 1,259-776 (.619) record in his 36 years as Missouri State's head coach. His win total ranks as the sixth-best one the NCAA's list of active Division I head coaches and 20th all-time among D-I coaches. Guttin has been named a conference coach of the year on 13 occasions, including the MVC's Dan Callahan Coach of the Year in each of the last two seasons. The University City, Mo., native was also inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.

The Board's annual evaluation of salaries and benefits for athletics coaches and staff is held in executive session. The Missouri Open Meetings and Records Law (known as the Sunshine Law), provides public governmental bodies 72 hours in which to announce personnel decisions taken in executive session.

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