ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Brian Stewart has been named head men's lacrosse coach at the University of Mount Union.
Stewart spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina.
"Coach Stewarts's experience, drive and dedication to coaching lacrosse, mentoring student-athletes and building future leaders has made him the ideal choice to lead our program," commented athletic director Larry Kehres. "All of us at Mount Union look forward to working with him as we move our men's lacrosse program forward."
Prior to returning to Limestone, Stewart spent five years serving in the United States Navy. He was commissioned as an ensign in 2006 and was stationed at the Naval Academy Prep School as part of the athletic department. He was promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade in 2008 and full Lieutenant in 2010. The latter came after he was ranked No. 1 among his peers.
Stewart served as the head lacrosse coach of the Naval Academy Preparatory School from 2006-2011 and was responsible for all facets of the program. Among his many accomplishments in that role were coaching 27 High School All-Americans and the graduation of 89-percent of the 72 lacrosse recruits sent to the Naval Academy Preparatory School over the five years.
His additional duties as a commissioned officer included serving as the Event Coordinator for home athletic contests, an assistant lifting coach, maintaining athletic facilities and serving as an academic advisor to all student-athletes with a grade point average below 2.5, excluding football recruits. He was also responsible for overseeing the plan of the day over a 24-hour period, ensuring that safety of the command is maintained and documenting daily events in the command log book.
As a men's lacrosse player at Limestone from 1998-2002, Stewart played for NCAA Division II National Championship teams in 2000 and 2002, an NCAA Finalist in 2001 and four straight Deep South Conference Championship teams that went undefeated in the regular season.
After graduating from Limestone with a bachleor's degree in Liberal Arts, Stewart was an Assistant ED Instructor at Corkran (Md.) Middle School from 2003-05 and an Assistant Co-Taught Instructor at CMS from 2005-06. During the latter time frame, he served as the boy's head lacrosse coach at North County (Md.) High School and oversaw the junior varsity program.
"I would like to thank President Richard Giese, Vice President of Academic Affairs Patricia Draves, Athletic Director Larry Kehres and the rest of the search committee for the opportunity to coach at the University of Mount Union," stated Coach Stewart. "It's an honor and a privilege to be a part of a top notch athletic department and institution."
"Throughout all of my experiences in the Navy and in coaching, I have strived to instill the values of hard work, discipline, dedication, and enthusiasm within my players; which I believe translates into a high level of success within the classroom and on the field of play," commented Stewart. "My desire as the head of the Mount Union men's lacrosse program is to help uphold the pride and traditions already within this great University."