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MTSU Athletics to host memorial event for former Baseball Coach

By MTN Sports Reporter Caroline Colvard

MTSU athletics will honor former Middle Tennessee Baseball Coach Steve Peterson with a celebration of life at Reese Smith Junior Field on October 29th at 6 PM.

Peterson passed away of a heart attack at age 68 in March 2020. A private service for family was held at Grace Lutheran Church, however due to health and safety restrictions with the pandemic, a public reception was postponed until this year.

The celebration of life for Coach Peterson is a free event that will include guest speakers and a provided meal. Associate Director Tony Stinnett will be accepting RSVPs to the event which will start at 6:30 PM.

Stinnett said the guest speakers will include “Coach Pete’s former players, as well as Dr. McPhee, Chris Massaro, and we’ll also have John Peterson speak on behalf of the family.”

Attendants of the event will also hear an announcement of an upcoming project to honor Coach Peterson.

Coach Stinnett said that he first met Coach Peterson when he was a student and sports editor at Sidelines and continued to work with him when he coached his son John Peterson in travel baseball.

“The athletic department is excited to finally be able to honor Coach Peterson and his life and his legacy. He did a tremendous amount for baseball here at MTSU, but more importantly than the hundreds of games and championships that he won, I think it’s the number of lives that he impacted,” said Stinnett.

Those who are interested in attending the celebration of life for Coach Peterson can RSVP to


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