Joe Guthrie joins the Bucknell University softball staff for the 2016-2017 year. He will assist the Bison program in all aspects of offense, outfield play, player development and camps.
Guthrie spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach at Penn State University of the Big Ten Conference. While at PSU, he oversaw hitters, outfielders and served as the program’s recruiting coordinator.
From the 2014 to 2016 seasons, the Penn State hitters broke over 30 school, Big Ten and NCAA records. Penn State’s win totals went from 14 in 2014 to 30 in 2016. During the 2016 season, PSU finished 36th nationally in batting average as well as third best in the Big Ten conference.
Coach Guthrie assisted in the development of six All-Big Ten selections, three All-Region selections, two All-Big Ten Tournament selections, and two Big Ten Players of the Week while at Penn State.
On the recruiting trail at Penn State, he helped bring in four top 35 classes for the Nittany Lions. Additionally each year at PSU, the program landed multiple players ranked in the top 100 nationally.
A nationally-respected clinician and speaker, Guthrie has headlined softball speaking events in Mississippi and Georgia. He also spoke at the 2013 National Fastpitch Coaches’ Convention in San Antonio, TX. This January, he will speak at the Pennsylvania Coaches’ Clinic in Pittsburgh. He has also served on three committees with the NFCA.
Over the past two decades, Guthrie has worked baseball and softball camps at the University of Alabama, Arizona State University, University of South Alabama, Troy University, Penn State University, University of South Florida, University of Arkansas and Mississippi State University.
Prior to his time at PSU, Guthrie spent six seasons as the head softball coach and assistant athletic director at Marion Military Institute, (NJCAA, Division 1), in Marion, Alabama.
While at MMI, he was charged with starting the program from scratch. In five seasons on the field, the Lady Tigers made three NJCAA Region Tournament appearances, and every player in the program received a four-year college softball scholarship offer.
Guthrie’s teams were also very strong in the classroom at MMI. Three times during his tenure, MMI was named NJCAA Academic Team of the Year. He taught in the classroom as well serving as a History Instructor.
From 2006 to 2007, Guthrie served as a professional baseball scout in the Miami Marlins organization in Tampa, Florida. Additionally, Guthrie coached high school baseball at Canterbury School of Florida, (2006-2007), University Prep in Seattle, (2005-06) and Tuscaloosa Academy, AL (2000). The 2000 Tuscaloosa Academy baseball team won 57 straight games and finished as the State Runner-Up.
As a baseball player, Guthrie played collegiately at the University of Kentucky, Bevill State Community College and the University of Alabama. He also played in the New York Collegiate League with Hornell Dodgers and the West Coast League with the Corvallis Knights.
From 2002-2005, Guthrie served as an Infantry Officer in the United States Army. He served as a Stryker Rifle Platoon Leader from 2003-2004. From 2004 to 2005, First Lieutenant Guthrie served honorably in combat as an Iraqi Army Liaison Officer in Mosul, Iraq. He earned numerous awards and citations throughout his military journey. He finished his career honorably discharged as a Captain.
Guthrie earned a Bachelor of Arts in American studies from the University of Alabama in 2001. In 2002, he received both a Master of Arts degree in History and an Army ROTC active duty commission from Jacksonville State University. Guthrie was cited as a Distinguished Military Graduate. He plans to begin his Doctorate in Education in January 2017.
On December 25, 2015, Guthrie was married to current Bucknell head softball coach, Courtnay Foster. The couple was wed in the famous streets of Tombstone, Arizona. He also is the proud father of six year old, Bobby.