One of the most respected and knowledgeable coaches in the collegiate ranks, Jim McGuire begins his 20th season with the Blue Raider baseball program. After eight years as an assistant under Steve Peterson, McGuire was elevated following the 2000 season to associate head coach. McGuire serves as recruiting coordinator for the program and works with the infielders and hitters. He also takes an active role in coordinating evaluation visits with professional scouts as well as organizing baseball camps and the annual ’Boro Bash summer tournament. He helps head coach Steve Peterson with all three of the Blue Raiders major fundraisers — the Grand Slam Fish Fry, the Groundhog Day Luncheon, and the Chuck Taylor Golf Tournament — and serves as liaison for placing players on summer teams across the country. After the Blue Raiders’ historical season in 2009 SEBaseball.com named McGuire the Sun Belt Assistant Coach of the Year for his work with the record breaking offense. During his 18 years in Murfreesboro, McGuire has been a key ingredient in making Blue Raider baseball known throughout the country. He has been a part of 13 winning seasons, six trips to the NCAA Tournament, seven league championships, and five conference tournament titles. McGuire has helped mold 57 players who have been drafted by the pros and 39 first-team all-conference performers. The Blue Raiders are 601-502 during his tenure, a .545 winning percentage. Before joining the Blue Raider staff in the summer of 1992, McGuire was head coach at Rend Lake (Ill.) Junior College from 1989 to 1992. During his stint there, he compiled a record of 220-116, a winning percentage of .655. During his four-year tenure, McGuire’s teams turned in four second-place finishes in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference. His 1992 squad was Section III champion and Region 24 runner-up. McGuire served as assistant coach at Rend Lake from 1987 to 1988 and began his coaching career at Missouri-St. Louis in 1986. McGuire’s playing career began at Illinois State before he transferred to Rend Lake CC. The final two years of his collegiate career were spent under the legendary Woody Hunt at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tenn. The Belleville, Ill., native played baseball and basketball at Freeburg High School. McGuire is married to the former Lynn Christophe from Belleville, Ill. The couple has two daughters, Kristen and Katie, and the family resides in Murfreesboro.