Former Mountaineers Coach Bill Stewart Dies of Apparent Heart Attack

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistMay 21, 2012

BOULDER, CO - SEPTEMBER 18:  Head coach Bill Stewart of the West Virginia Mountaineers leads his team against the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field on September 18, 2008 in Boulder, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Former West Virginia Mountaineers football head coach Bill Stewart has reportedly passed away after suffering a heart attack Monday, May 21.

Stewart was 59 years old.

The West Virginia Metro News reported on the untimely passing of the former head coach:

Former WVU Football Coach Bill Stewart has died after suffering an apparent serious heart attack. Stewart was playing golf at Stonewall Resort with former WVU A-D Eddie Pastilong when he collapsed. He was rushed to Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston where he's being treated this afternoon with life-saving procedures. Stewart was playing in the tournament as part of the West Virginia Hospitality and Tourism Association’s annual golf outing.

Stewart began his illustrious coaching career at West Virginia in 2000, after sharpening his teeth at Virginia Military Institute and in the Canadian Football League.

After spending seven years under current Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez, Stewart got his big break when Rodriguez left for a job at Michigan.

In just over three seasons with the Mountaineers, Stewart went 28-12 with a 2-2 bowl record.

Despite the controversy that surrounded the coach’s departure from the school, there was still a very bright future for the coaching veteran. His experience, football I.Q. and kind nature will be missed by his family, friends and students alike.

Check back for more on the NCAA Football as it comes, and check out Bleacher Report’s College Football Page.

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