Former WVU Coach Bill Stewart Dies

May 21, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
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Bill Stewart went 28–12 at West Virginia. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Former West Virginia football coach Bill Stewart, 59, died of an apparent heart attack Monday, according to a report on

Stewart who took over for the Mountaineers following the departure of the very successful Rich Rodriguez following the 2007 season was 28–12 in three seasons as head coach from 2008–2010.

Stewart’s first win was a 48–28 win over Oklahoma in the 2008 Fiesta Bowl, after which the school hired him as full-time head coach. All three of his teams went 9-4 but failed to make a BCS Bowl appearance again.

Stewart, a graduate of Fairmont State College, got his first head-coaching job as head coach of the Virginia Military Institute where he went 8–25 from 1994–1996. Stewart had the distinction of hiring current Steelers coach Mike Tomlin while at VMI.

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