MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Steve Peterson has retired after 25 seasons as head baseball coach at Middle Tennessee State University.

Peterson, who announced his retirement Thursday, compiled a 791-637-3 record with the Blue Raiders. His teams played in nine NCAA regional tourneys.

Jim McGuire, associate head coach, was named interim head coach.

Peterson also was head coach at Roane State Community College from 1979 to 1984.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- Sports writer Justin Beasley takes a look at Blue Raider baseball's spring 2012 season and sees reason to be optimistic about 2013.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Blue Raiders baseball kicks off its 96th season this weekend.

MTSU will take on Kansas Saturday afternoon beginning at 3 p.m. The 2012 baseball season at MT is the 25th under the direction of head coach Steve Peterson.

Noting that Middle Tennessee had a losing season last year, Coach Peterson says his team has something to prove in 2012.