Former West Virginia coach Bill Stewart dead from apparent heart attack

Former West Virginia coach Bill Stewart dead from apparent heart attack

By Tom Fornelli | Staff Writer

West Virginia
announced on Monday that former coach Bill Stewart died of an apparent heart attack. Stewart was 59 years old.

According to the West Virginia Metro News, Stewart was golfing with former West Virginia athletic director Eddie Pastilong on Monday when he collapsed. He was taken to Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital.

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“Mountaineer nation is truly saddened today to learn of the untimely passing of Coach Bill Stewart," said West Virginia president Jim Clements in a statement. "Our hearts go out to the Stewart family and Bill's many friends. He was a compassionate, energetic, and kind person. He loved his family dearly and was extremely community-oriented and very giving of his time. He will be greatly missed.”

“I'm very saddened. I hired Bill in my last year when I was close to retiring," said former West Virginia coach Don Nehlen. "Bill was such a great Mountaineer and a great addition to our staff. It was a terrific hire -- he did a great job not only for me, but for Rich and as a head coach. Bill was such a great husband and a great father. Bill Stewart was a great Mountaineer. My heart goes out to [his wife] Karen and [son] Blaine.”

Stewart resigned as coach last June after the school had hired Dana Holgorsen to be offensive coordinator and coach-in-waiting. He took the job over from Rich Rodriguez after Rodriguez left the school to take over at Michigan in 2007.

He led the Mountaineers to a 48-28 win over Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl as the interim head coach. His position was made permanent afterward.

As a coach at West Virginia, Stewart compiled a record of 28-12, and was 36-37 in his coaching career having spent three seasons at VMI as well.
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