Skyhawk Men's Basketball | Anthony Stewart - Head Coach
Anthony Stewart was appointed head coach of the UT Martin men's basketball program on April 21, 2016.
Stewart's promotion came after he served two seasons as an associate head coach under Heath Schroyer at UT Martin. Since Stewart joined the Skyhawk program, the team has compiled 41 victories (tied for the most in a two-year span in school history) - including four in the postseason. UT Martin also was the only Ohio Valley Conference school to win at least one postseason game in each of the last two seasons.
Last season, the Skyhawks posted their second straight 20-win campaign, notching the program's first-ever OVC West division title. UT Martin also advanced to the OVC Tournament championship game for the first time in school history in 2015-16 before amassing another win in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament - its fourth in the past two years.
In 2014-15, Stewart was part of one of the best seasons in UT Martin history, as the Skyhawks went 21-13 - finishing just one win shy of the program record. The 21 wins marked a 13-win improvement from the previous season, which ranked as the fourth-best turnaround in the Division-I ranks.
UT Martin set a program record and led the nation with 12 road victories in 2014-15, including three straight road wins in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. The Skyhawks advanced all the way to the Final Four of the CIT, recording their first three postseason wins in the school's Division-I history (since 1992) in the process.
Stewart, 45, spent two seasons at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio before venturing to UT Martin. The Bobcats went 49-22 in Stewart’s tenure, which included a pair of postseason appearances.
In 2013-14, Stewart helped Ohio to a 25-12 record and a quarterfinals appearance in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT). That followed a 2012-13 season where the Bobcats tallied a 24-10 record, earned a share of their first Mid-American Conference regular season championship since 1993-94 and earned a spot in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT).
While at Ohio, Stewart helped sign Maurice Ndour (top 100 junior college player, second team All-MAC and National Mid Major Player of the Week on Feb. 3, 2014), Travis Wilkins (junior college All-American), Tariq Owens (top 100 player out of high school) and Nehemias Morrilo (member of the Dominican National Team).
Stewart also spent time at Southern Illinois (2011-12), where he worked under head coach Chris Lowery. During his time in Carbondale, he signed Jeff Early, who was a junior college All-American from Monroe College.
Prior to that, Stewart worked alongside Schroyer at Wyoming from 2007-11. He helped recruit seven All-Mountain West Conference players while helping lead the Cowboys to 19 wins and an appearance in the College Basketball Invitational in 2011. He also inked Afam Muojeke, who was named the MWC Freshman of the Year accolades in 2008-09, breaking the all-time freshman scoring record at Wyoming.
Stewart also coached two seasons at Long Beach State (2004-06) and three years at Columbus State Community College (2001-04). He was directly responsible for recruiting Desmar Jackson (2009-10 Freshman All-American) at Wyoming, Aaron Nixon (No. 1 junior college player in the country, 2006-07 Big West Conference Player of the Year) at Long Beach State.
Stewart helped develop Columbus State into one of the best Division-II junior college programs in the nation. In 2003-04, the Cougars tallied an impressive 29-2 overall record and at one point were ranked No. 1 in the nation before falling to Cuyahoga Community College, the eventual national champion. Overall, Stewart recruited three All-Americans and five all-conference first teamers while tallying a 86-36 record at Columbus State.
A native of Akron, Ohio, Stewart played collegiately at University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio. He was a two-time Most Valuable Player in basketball while he also lettered three years on the Mount Union baseball squad as a pitcher. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in business management in 1993.
Stewart completed his Master's degree in business administration from Chancellor University in Cleveland, Ohio in 2006.