WILMINGTON, N.C. -- The contract of fourth-year North Carolina-Wilmington head coach Buzz Peterson has been terminated, UNCW athletic director Jimmy Bass announced Tuesday.

Bass has appointed assistant coach Eddie Biedenbach as interim head coach. A national search for Peterson’s replacement will begin immediately.

Peterson was named the ninth head men's basketball coach in UNCW history on April 16, 2010, following a brief return to Appalachian State in 2009-10. He had coached previously at Appalachian State, Tulsa, Tennessee and Coastal Carolina.

“We appreciate Coach Peterson’s work on behalf of the student-athletes and the university,” Bass said. “We thank him for his service and wish him well in the future.”

In four seasons at UNCW, Peterson coached the Seahawks to a 42-82 overall record and a 30-53 mark in the Colonial Athletic Association, featuring records of 13-18 (2010-11), 10-21 (2011-12), 10-20 (2012-13) and 9-23 (2013-14) during the past four years.

In 16 years as a head coach, Peterson stands 267-229.