Title: Assistant Athletic Director, Men’s Basketball Coach
Company: Stevenson University
Location: Owings Mills, Maryland, United States
Gary Stewart, Assistant Athletic Director/Men’s Basketball Coach at Stevenson University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in basketball coaching and athletics administration.
After initially obtaining a Bachelor of Science in physical education in 1984, Mr. Stewart continued his education with a Master of Science in education from the University of La Verne in California in 1988 and then served as the university’s basketball coach from 1987 to 1995. During his years with La Verne University, he captured the SCIAC ‘s Ted Ducey Award, bestowed upon one senior athlete who best exemplifies outstanding achievement in academics, athletics, leadership and sportsmanship. In addition, he was selected as the recipient of the Anthony P. Scafani University of La Verne Sportsman of the Year award. He remains the only coach in La Verne history to lead his team to a Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) title at a time when future NBA coaches Gregg Popovich, Mike Budenholzer and Mike Dunlap were also coaching in the conference. Mr. Stewart holds the record as the youngest head basketball coach of a four-year university in the United States.
Mr. Stewart excelled as head basketball coach with California State University, East Bay, from 1995 to 1997, turning around a moribund program that had finished 22-79 record in the previous four seasons prior to 1995, leading the Pioneers to a school record for wins in conference while capturing a share of the Northern California Athletic Conference (NCAC) title, winning Coach of the Year with the NCAC. He then made an impact as assistant athletic director with the University of California, Los Angeles, Washington State University and University of California, Santa Barbara, excelling as head men’s basketball coach with the University of California, Davis, from 2003 to 2011.
In 2011, Mr. Stewart took over as men’s basketball coach with Stevenson University, where in his first season he led the Mustangs to victories over opponents from six different states and defeated a future NCAA tournament bound York College team. During his tenure, Stewart has led the Mustangs to back-to-back ECAC Championships in 2014 and 2015, winning a school-record 21 games in each of those seasons and guided Stevenson to the MAC Commonwealth tournament in each of their first four seasons in the league.
As assistant athletic director with Stevenson, Mr. Stewart is responsible for managing the gymnasium which includes managing the schedule of the facility, overseeing all maintenance and keeping the game management updated. He also does marketing for the university in relationship to fundraising and sponsorship and is responsible for all aspects of NCAA Intercollegiate athletic programs.
Mr. Stewart attributes his success to great people around him who supported, mentored, and helped him along the way. His family and friends have been very supportive of him. He considers his career highlight receiving the Guardian of the Game Award from the National Association of Basketball Coaches. In the coming years, Mr. Stewart intends to grow the charitable organizations of which he is a part and challenge himself to think creatively of different ways to help those organizations.
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