|Position:||Assistant Head Coach|
|Alma Mater:||UNC Asheville|
A former Division I head coach at UNC Asheville, Willie Stewart enters his fourth season at Georgia State after being elevated to assistant head coach in August 2014.
Stewart will continue to serve as Georgia State’s hitting coach, a role in which he has presided over impressive offensive production the last two years.
Last spring, Georgia State belted 60 home runs, ranking second in the nation in homers per game, and GSU was one of only two schools in the nation with three players in double-digit home runs. Nic Wilson, who was fourth in the nation with 18 home runs, and Chase Raffield, who hit. .356 with 14 homers, earned All-America honors. Both were selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft are now playing professional baseball.
In 2013, Georgia State ranked in the top five in the NCAA in batting average (.321, third), runs per game (7.7, fourth), doubles (2.39 per game, fourth) and slugging percentage (.468, fifth), and four players hit over .350. That offensive production was crucial to Georgia State’s 35-win season, the third-highest victory total in school history.
Stewart also works with the Panther catchers, including the last two seasons with Joey Roach, who earned first-team All-Sun Belt Conference honors in 2013 and freshman all-conference accolades the previous year. Scott Sarratt, a senior in 2013, was honored as an Academic All-American, the first in GSU baseball history.
Stewart previously served as the Panthers’ recruiting coordinator, and his efforts in that role helped the program sign two players who were drafted three individuals who earned All-America recognition, two freshman All-Americans and six all-conference honorees.
Stewart joined the GSU baseball staff in November 2011 after a successful playing and coaching career in Asheville, where he was most recently the Bulldogs’ head coach for five seasons, from 2005-09.
In 2006, Stewart led UNC Asheville to the school’s first and only NCAA Tournament appearance by capturing the Big South conference title as the Bulldogs won a school-record 28 games during the year. Baseball America recognized UNC Asheville as one of the most improved programs in the nation under Stewart’s guidance.
During his time as head coach, he recruited and developed three players selected in the Major League Baseball Draft and two others who signed professional contracts. He tutored two all-region players, four all-conference honorees, one Big South Conference Pitcher of the Year, one runner-up for Big South Conference Player of the Year, one Big South Conference Tournament MVP and four all-tournament selections.
Stewart also helped his Bulldogs’ squad achieve the highest GPA of any male team at UNC Asheville.
He was elevated to head coach in July 2004 after two seasons as an assistant coach, during which time he helped UNCA to the then-school record for wins and a second-place finish in Big South Conference, at the time the highest in school history. Four Bulldogs were drafted in those two seasons.
A UNC Asheville alum, Stewart lettered four seasons for the Bulldogs from 1996-2000, earning first-team all-conference honors at second base his senior year. That 2000 season, he batted .300 with 32 RBIs and established a school-record with an 18-game hitting streak.
Stewart served on the UNC Asheville staff in 2001 and then spent one season as an assistant coach at Elon, where he helped guide the Phoenix to the 2002 NCAA Tournament--the first in school history--as an at-large selection and a No. 3 seed.
He remains very active in summer camps and has coached two summer wooden bat league squads.
A native of Winston-Salem, N.C., Stewart and his wife Christine have two children, son Kendall and daughter Kailyn.