Stewart Named Men's And Women's Distance Coach

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Jake Stewart was named the men's Southland Conference Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2010.
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Jake Stewart was named the men's Southland Conference Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2010.
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Aug. 16, 2011

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Jake Stewart has been named the new assistant coach for the men's and women's cross country and track and field teams, head coach Jack Warner announced this week. He will be in charge of men's and women's distance. Stewart comes to Purdue from Lamar University where he spent three seasons as the distance coach for the track and field teams and two as the assistant cross country coach.

In his first season as assistant cross country coach, Stewart was named the Southland Conference Coach of the Year after the men won four of their five invitationals including a top finish at the 12-team conference championships. He also led the Cardinals to a third place finish at the regional meet last year.

Prior to his time at Lamar, Stewart was the assistant coach for the Iona College men's and women's cross country and track and field teams for three seasons. In his time with the Gaels, the men's cross country team finished third in 2006 and runner-up in 2007 and 2008, the highest finish of any program in school history. The men's team was also honored for its scholastic achievements as it was named the NCAA Division I All-Academic Team of the Year in 2006 and 2007.

While at Iona, the new Purdue assistant coached four student-athletes who competed at the World Cross Country Championships for their respective nations. He also helped lead eight All-Americans in both cross country and track and field, 10 NCAA Track & Field Championships qualifiers, and 26 MAAC indoor and outdoor track and field champions.

Before entering the coaching ranks, Stewart was a four year member of the cross country and track and field team. During his athletic career, the Gaels won four MAAC championships and finished in the top 10 each year. He was the team captain in 2005, the first walk-on in program history to carry the honor.