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Kelley Guth
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Florida State
Graduating Year: 1996
Phone: (931) 221-7972
Email: guthk@apsu.edu
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As the only head coach in Lady Govs soccer history, Kelley Guth made a lasting impression in the Ohio Valley Conference soccer ranks after taking her team to its first-ever OVC Tournament championship game in 2010.

Despite injuries that depleted her defense, Guth's team was sparked by OVC Freshman of the Year Tatiana Ariza, along with first-team pick Natalia Ariza and second-team All-OVC selection Joceline Quiceno. Those three freshman, along with a nationally-ranked defense, set the tone for undoubtedly the most successful Lady Govs soccer team in program history.

After appearing in the OVC tournament twice previously, the 2010 season was a breath of fresh air for Guth. Her pedigree on the pitch as both a player and coach has always been above reproach, which is why her team's recent success was so important to the program after winning only one game during an injury-plagued 2009 season.

Guth began her collegiate soccer career at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C., where she led her squad as a two-time NAIA first-team All-America selection and twice selected conference player of the year. In 1993, her first season with the Clan, Guth was an NAIA All-America honorable mention. She improved her second season as the Clan claimed a conference championship and she collected first-team All-America honors.

In 1995, she again received first-team All-America honors, while Simon Fraser placed fifth in the NAIA national tournament. In 1996, she transferred for one season at Florida State University and left her mark in those record books as well. In one season, Guth scored 14 goals, including six game-winners which are the most all-time at FSU. Her 29 points and 56 shots on goal are single-season records as well.

Her coaching career began at Florida State University High School in 1997, where she coached for three seasons. While coaching at FSU High School, she also played in the W-League, a national amateur league, for the Fort Collins Force. With the Force, Guth received all-tournament honors as well as player of the week honors twice, as the Force took home the 1998 W-League championship.

Guth also played for the Florida State women's club team and was named women's open division MVP of the National Intramural-Recreation Sports Association. Guth received her initial Division I soccer coaching opportunity with Ohio Valley Conference member Southeast Missouri under her former FSU head coach Heather Nelson. As an assistant coach in 2000 and 2001, Guth was in charge of recruiting, academic oversight of student-athletes as well as overseeing all travel arrangements while assisting in practice with all positions on the field.

Guth's inaugural season with the Lady Govs was indeed a challenge, finishing 0-13-3; the team scoring only nine goals. However, the Lady Govs steadily improved during their second season, posting five wins and 25 goals. In 2004, the Lady Govs continued to mature on the field under Guth's guidance. After a rough start, they finished strong with a conference victory at Murray State. The Lady Govs posted the program's best record yet, 8-9-2 overall and 1-6-1 in the league, scoring 29 goals. Two years later, in 2006, the Lady Govs went 5-4 in league play, before hitting a two-year OVC slump. The 2008 season was particularly frustrating as the Lady Govs drop eight one-goal matches.

In 2009, the Lady Govs were challenged with overcoming a number of injuries and that was no different for the 2010 slate. In fact, last season during the OVC championship game, Guth was relegated to only substitute for the final match after Joceline Quiceno suffered a knee injury early the final contest.

Her accomplishments as a player and coach continued to be recognized as she was inducted into the Delta (British Columbia) Sports Hall of Fame, in June 2004. Guth was one of 10 inductees into the inaugural class, selected from a group of 60. In March 2009, Guth was appointed as the OVC's representative for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). 

Guth, who also assists the Clarksville Fusion F.C. in their player development program, currently resides in Clarksville with her husband Matt, who works as a correctional officer for the Davidson County Sheriff's Department in Nashville.


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