Former West Virginia Coach Stewart Passes Away At 59

Charles LeClaire/Getty Images(MORGANTOWN, W.Va.) -- Former West Virginia head football coach Bill Stewart passed away Monday from an apparent heart attack. He was 59.

Stewart took over as head coach of the Mountaineers in 2007 after Rich Rodriguez left for Michigan. In three seasons at the helm, Stewart went 28-12, including a 15-6 record in the Big East.

"Mountaineer nation is truly saddened today to learn of the untimely passing of Coach Bill Stewart," said West Virginia University president Jim Clements. "Our hearts go out to the Stewart family and Bill's many friends. He was a compassionate, energetic, and kind person. He loved his family dearly and was extremely community-oriented and very giving of his time. He will be greatly missed."

Stewart leaves behind his wife Karen and son Blaine.

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