Jim McGuire enters his second season at the helm of the Blue Raider program. He was promoted to the head coaching position on Aug. 9, 2012, after serving as an assistant and associate head coach for 20 years at Middle Tennessee.
In his first season, McGuire guided the Blue Raiders to 28 victories and helped Middle Tennessee own an impressive 4-1 mark against SEC opponents.
His first SEC victory came with a 2-1 thriller over Auburn on Feb. 23. He followed that performance up a month later as the Blue Raiders toppled No. 2 Vanderbilt 4-1 at Reese Smith Field. McGuire's squads also swept in-state rival Tennessee in a home-and-home series.
Later in the spring, the Raiders secured a 6-5 victory over 20th ranked South Alabama and for the first time in program history swept the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns.
McGuire became just the third different Blue Raider coach since 1974, following John Stanford (1974-87) and Peterson (1988-2012). He is the 21st coach since the program began in 1913.
After eight years as an assistant under Peterson, McGuire was elevated following the 2000 season to associate head coach and moved up once again following Peterson's retirement in July of 2012.
During his tenure, McGuire served as recruiting coordinator for the program and worked with the infielders and hitters. He also has taken an active role in coordinating evaluation visits with professional scouts as well as organizing baseball camps and the annual ’Boro Bash summer tournament.
He helped 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 served 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.
Throughout his 20 years in Murfreesboro, McGuire has been a key ingredient in making Blue Raider baseball known throughout the country. He has been a part of 14 winning seasons, six trips to the NCAA Tournament, seven league championships, and five conference tournament titles. McGuire has helped mold 58 players who have been drafted by the pros and 98 first-team all-conference performers, including six conference players of the year and 10 All-Americans. The Blue Raiders are 626-520-1 during his tenure, a .546 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., and they have two daughters, Kristen and Katie.