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Garret Guthrie





Garret Guthrie has been an outstanding performer in the classroom, earning CoSIDA District 7 Academic all-America honors as both a sophomore and junior, adding an NSCAA Scholar all-Region selection in his junior year as well. He has continued his strong classroom performance, posting semester GPA’s of 3.5 or higher in six of his seven semesters and carries a 3.661 cumulative GPA. Guthrie has also been named to The Summit League (Mid-Con) fall Academic all-League team twice and has been honored on the Commissioner’s List of Academic Excellence twice.


Guthrie has been the epitome of sportsmanship and good character throughout his collegiate career. As a sophomore, he received the Lester Milgram Award, given annually to the UMKC student-athlete who best demonstrates sportsmanship both on and off the field. As a junior, Guthrie was the recipient of the Jack Gant Award, given annually to the best overall student-athlete at UMKC, judged on both academic and athletic performance. He also served as team representative to UMKC’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council as a sophomore.


UMKC soccer has a long tradition of giving back to its neighbors in the community, as members of the team take time out during the NCAA spring practice season to work with the youth soccer teams of the Kansas City Department of Parks and Recreation. Guthrie has been a big part of the continuation of this 10-year tradition, serving as a clinic coach following both his sophomore and junior seasons. He has also taken a leadership role in the team’s participation in “Trunk-or-Treat,” an annual event sponsored by UMKC Athletics that provides a safe trick-or-treat atmosphere for youth in the surrounding neighborhoods. In addition to his community service as a part of the men’s soccer team, he also served as a lab assistant for the UMKC Summer Scholars Program, which serves minority and disadvantaged high school juniors and seniors in the Kansas City metropolitan area who have the scholastic ability and interest to pursue a career in the health sciences.


Guthrie has been a relentless performer for the Kangaroos, having yet to miss a game for the Blue-and-Gold. He made an immediate impact as a freshman, starting in eight of his 16 appearances for UMKC, scoring two goals and adding two assists. As a sophomore he struck for nine points on the year (4 g, 1 a), picking up game-winning goals in two conference matches for UMKC (Oral Roberts, IUPUI). He started in 12 of the 20 matches he played in on the 2006 campaign, picking up just one caution. As a junior, he was twice named The Summit League Offensive Player of the Week, parlaying those honors into a second team all-Summit League selection at the end of the year. He again tallied nine points (4 g, 1 a) on the season, starting in 17-of-19 for UMKC. He was also recognized on the all-tournament team at the UMKC/Mr. Goodcents Brookside Invitational. He has tallied three goals on the 2008 season, including the game-tying marker against Florida International to move into the career top 10 at UMKC with 13 goals. He has also tallied an assist on the campaign, aiding on the game-tying strike in UMKC’s 4-3 upset of #19 ranked Drake. He is projected to move into the top 10 list of games played for UMKC in the Kangaroos’ home match against Oral Roberts, with 69 appearances.