Stevenson names veteran coach Stewart to lead men's basketball

Stevenson announced Tuesday that Gary Stewart, a former Division I coach with 230 career victories in 18 college seasons, will serve as men's basketball coach.

Stewart replaces Brett Adams, who resigned in March after 17 seasons as the school's first coach to focus on his role as athletic director.

“Gary Stewart, at many different levels, is highly recognizable in the basketball community,” Adams said. “Beyond that, Gary Stewart played Division III basketball and was a very successful coach at the Division III level, including an NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance. He has a reputation of bringing programs from worst to first.”

Stewart has served as a head coach at each NCAA level. He brings 25 years as a highly respected college head and assistant coach to Stevenson, including 11 in Division I, six in Division II and eight in Division III. In 18 seasons as a head coach, he has led his teams to four conference championships and six postseason appearances.

“Gary has some Division I experience, but I think his heart and soul is Division III,” Adams said. “I am very excited about having him come on board. It was humbling to see so many top-caliber candidates from over 200 qualified applicants that we had for this position. I think this will be a great triumph for Stevenson University and Division III basketball.”

Most recently, Stewart was the coach from 2003 to 2011 at UC Davis, where he led the program’s four-year reclassification from Division II to Division I, culminating in the Aggies’ first year as an official member of the Big West Conference during the 2007-08 season.

“I am truly honored and extremely humbled to join Stevenson University as the new head men's basketball coach,” Stewart said. “Stevenson University is growing at an unprecedented pace. I am enthusiastically looking forward to help build on the tremendous values, history and tradition of this extraordinary university.”

In addition to working as an assistant coach at Washington State and UC Santa Barbara, Stewart served as director of basketball services at UCLA, where he worked with then-coach Steve Lavin during the 2002-03 season.

Stewart was an assistant coach to former Maryland head coach Gary Williams in the 2003 National Association of Basketball Coaches All-Star Game.

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