(Release: June 25, 2013) - Bill Stewart has been named head coach of the cross country and track and field teams (men’s and women’s) at Hagerstown Community College. Stewart has served as the assistant coach of cross country and track and field at HCC since August 2012, following his retirement from John Handley High School in Winchester, Va., in June of 2012. He will also be a member of the HCC adjunct faculty staff.
“Bill’s experience with student athletes is a tremendous asset to the students at HCC and his leadership skills will greatly benefit the program,” said Guy Altieri, HCC president. “He is first and foremost focused on ensuring that athletes do well in their academic studies, while making the most of the many benefits that come from participation in collegiate athletics.”
While at John Handley High School, Stewart was the director of student activities, where he supervised athletic teams, academic teams, school clubs, and the coaching staff. Prior to that, he worked in student activities in Frederick County (Va.) Public Schools. He was the head varsity coach of boys’ and girls’ cross country and track and field at James Wood High School and Sherando High School from 1980 to 2003.
Stewart served as a high school mathematics and business teacher from 1980 to 2003. He holds master’s degrees from George Mason University and Shenandoah University, a bachelor’s degree from Clemson University, and an associate’s degree from the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh.
Stewart earned four All-National Junior College Athletic Association awards at Allegheny. He also ran on three NJCAA national championship teams. At Clemson, Stewart earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors and was a member of 1978 ACC Cross Country championship team.
“I am honored to be selected as the HCC head coach for the cross country and track and field programs,” Stewart said. “As the head coach I want to contribute to the program’s successful history and traditions. As a team we will pursue academic, community service, and performance goals. I want to help our student athletes grow and mature into successful citizens.”
As head coach at HCC, Stewart reports to the Director of Athletics. He began his new duties at HCC on June 18.