July 6, 2012
2012 Coaching Changes
Peterson retires after 25 years
at Middle Tennessee
Peterson (right), head coach at Middle Tennessee for the past 25
seasons, has decided to retire, effective immediately.
Associate head coach Jim McGuire, who has worked
with Peterson for the past 20 years, will serve as interim head
coach during the search for a successor.
Peterson posted 791 victories with the Blue
Raiders, leading MTSU to 11 regular season conference titles,
nine conference tournament crowns and nine NCAA regional
appearances. The Blue Raiders reached 30 or more wins in 16
seasons and four times got to 40 victories. The 2009 squad went
44-18, the most wins in program history.
There have been eight conference players of the
year and 10 All-Americans for the Blue Raiders under Peterson.
There have been 60 players who signed professional contracts,
including Dewon Brazelton, who was the No. 3 overall pick in the
2001 MLB Draft.
Peterson is a member of several Halls of Fame,
including the Rutherford County Old Timers Baseball Hall of
Fame, Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame,
Huntsville-Madison County (Ala.) Athletic Hall of Fame and Blue
Raider Hall of Fame
Peterson was named Coach of the Year three times.
His overall record is 944-733-3, including 791-637-3 at MTSU.
A native of Huntsville, Ala., Peterson was a
catcher for Rudy Abbott at Jacksonville State. He received a
bachelor’s degree from JSU in 1973 and earned a master’s degree
from MTSU in 1977.
After serving as an assistant coach for the Blue
Raiders from 1976-78, Peterson was head coach at Roane State
Community College From 1979-84. He returned to MTSU as an
assistant from 1985-87 before taking over as head coach in 1988.
Peterson and his wife, Rita, have three children
and six grandchildren.
(photo courtesy of MTSU Media Relations Office)