Earl Keth

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Earl Keth
Sport(s) Basketball, golf
Biographical details
Born (1913-08-08)August 8, 1913
Died April 19, 1972(1972-04-19) (aged 58)
Warrensburg, Missouri
Playing career
1935–1938 Central Missouri State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1946–1961 Central Missouri State
1961–1972 Central Missouri State
Accomplishments and honors
4 MIAA (1951, 1952, 1956, 1957)

Earl Kenneth Keth (August 8, 1913 – April 19, 1972) was an American basketball player and coach, known for his long association with the University of Central Missouri.

Keth was an All-American player for Central Missouri (then called "Central Missouri State College"), a third-team selection by Converse in 1938. In both his junior and senior seasons, Keth led the team to the NAIA national championship. In 1971, Keth was named to the 10-man all-time NAIA All-tournament team.[1]

After stints as a high school coach and in the military, Keth became the Mules' head basketball coach in 1946 and remained in that position until 1961. During that time, Keth's teams went 159–167. Upon leaving this role, Keth became the head golf coach for the school until his death on the school's golf course on April 19, 1972.[2]

Keth is a member of the University of Central Missouri Athletic Hall of Fame, the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Hall of Fame and the NAIA Hall of Fame. Additionally, the Keth Memorial Golf Course on the UCM campus is named after Keth.


  1. ^ "Steagall all-time NAIA pick". The Pantagraph. 17 Feb 1971. p. 37. Retrieved September 2, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ "Earl Keth of CMSC dies at 59". Kansas City Times. 20 Apr 1972. p. 64. Retrieved September 2, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read

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