UT Martin coach Stewart dies at 50

Tennessee-Martin coach Anthony Stewart unexpectedly died Sunday, the school announced. He was 50.The school didn’t divulge a cause of death.”We are stunned to hear this tragic news,” Skyhawks athletic director Kurt McGiffin said in a news release. “Coach Stewart was a true leader to every one of the young men he coached. He emphasized the meaning of a college degree and instilled professionalism in each of his student-athletes. We ask for privacy during this difficult time.”Stewart went 53-73 in four seasons at UT Martin coach, including a 9-20 mark last season. The Skyhawks went 22-13 in his first season (2016-17) to match the school mark for victories.”What I will remember most about Coach Stewart was his focus in developing our young men to be leaders in their community, leaders in the workforce and leaders in their homes,” UT Martin Chancellor Dr. Keith Carver said in the news release. “He always stressed the development of the entire person, well beyond athletics.”Stewart leaves behind a wife and three children. One of his sons, Parker, is a junior guard for the Skyhawks and averaged 19.2 points last season for the Ohio Valley Conference school.Stewart was associate head coach for two seasons before becoming UT Martin’s head coach. He also spent time as an assistant at Columbus State (Ohio) Community College (2001-04), Long Beach State (2004-06), Wyoming (2007-11), Southern Illinois (2011-12) and Ohio University (2012-14).Stewart is a native of Akron, Ohio. He played college basketball and baseball at Division III Mount Union in Ohio and the Purple Raiders paid tribute to him on Twitter.