Former West Virginia Mountaineers head football coach Bill Stewart collapsed on a golf course at the Stonewall Resort and was rushed to Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston, West Virginia where he has died.
Initial reports are Stewart suffered an “apparent heart attack” which led to his passing.
Bill Stewart was the head football coach at West Virginia until prior to the 2011 season when he was supplanted in favor of the team’s head-coach-in-waiting at the time, and current head coach, Dana Holgorsen.
An assistant coach with over 30 years experience at multiple schools including North Carolina, Arizona State and Marshall, as well as a short stint with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League, Stewart had his first head coaching opportunity with West Virginia, going 28-12 over three full seasons and a part of a fourth in Morgantown prior to his dismissal.
It’s a sad day for college football, as Stewart was known around the game as one of it’s hardest workers and most class gentlemen.
Beloved among many in his home state of West Virginia, the New Martinsville native did not resign without a fight and controversy when Oliver Luck and the Mountaineers’ athletic administration decided to go in a different direction with Dana Holgerson.
This is who Bill Stewart was.
His death comes as a shock to many who appreciated his no-nonsense style and easy attitude toward daily life.
Our thoughts go out to the West Virginia athletic department, players, and Mr. Stewart’s family in this time of loss.