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Coach Willie Stewart
#25 Willie Stewart
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: UNC Asheville
Graduating Year: 2000

A former Division I head coach at UNC Asheville, Willie Stewart joined the Georgia State staff prior to the 2012 season and has helped the squad to immediate success.

Stewart oversees Georgia State’s hitters and coordinates the Panthers' recruiting efforts.

As hitting coach, Stewart presided over one of the nation's most productive offenses in 2013 as 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). Eight Panther regulars hit .300 or higher, including four over .350, and shortstop Chad Prain spent several weeks during the season as the NCAA batting leader.

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 Joey Roach, who started 30 games as a freshman in 2013 following a season-ending injury to senior Scott Sarratt and made the Colonial Athletic Association All-Rookie team.

Stewart's efforts on the recruiting trail helped Georgia State secure a class of newcomers for 2012-13 that produced two Freshman All-Americans and five all-conference or all-rookie honorees, including the CAA Rookie of the Year and the first-team All-CAA shortstop. Members of the 2012-13 recruiting class combined for a .324 batting average and 40 home runs at the plate in 2013, along with 22 victories and 12 saves on the mound.
  
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 2005-2009.
 
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 First-Year Player 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 selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft selections 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.

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