Bill Stewart, the former football coach at West Virginia, died Monday of an apparent heart attack. Stewart was 59 years old. Stewart was coaching as recently as 2010 before he was replaced by Dana Holgorsen.
Stewart’s departure from West Virginia was filled with controversy as it was rumored that he tried to get reporters to dig up dirt on Holgorsen so that Stewart could remains as this coach. This lead to a messy situation in which many believe that Stewart was fired, but he was allowed to publicly say that he resigned.
During his time at West Virginia, Bill Stewart led the team to a 28-12 record and he was 2-2 in bowl games. It is a shame that his reputation took a major hit before he left the program. His first game was coach took place in the Fiesta Bowl in 2007 after Rich Rodriguez bailed on the program. He led the team to a victory and became the full time coach soon after.
The college football world will be mourning this death for a while. By all accounts, Bill Stewart was a great guy and was always happy to talk to whomever. He had a passion for football that couldn’t be matched by many and he made an impact on a lot of people’s lives in his time at West Virginia.
My condolences go out to the Stewart family in this difficult time. Bill Stewart left the game of football under unusual circumstances, but that does not change the impact that he had on the lives of many.