Bulldogs set to play its third contest this season after week long break
'Dogs begin 10th season of basketball at Save Mart Center at 7 p.m.
Last updated on May 1, 2013
Ron Stewart enters his second season as an assistant coach for the Fresno State women's basketball team. He was hired on May 9, 2012.
In his first season with the Bulldogs, Stewart helped lead Fresno State to a conference tournament championship and into the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs finished the 2012-13 season 24-9 overall, 13-3 in the Mountain West and won the 2013 Reese's Mountain West Basketball Championship to secure the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.
Stewart, who works closely with the post players, saw sophomore forward Alex Sheedy have a breakout season for the Bulldogs. Sheedy was a third-team All-Mountain West selection and was named to the 2013 Reese's Mountain West Basketball Championship All-Tournament team. She averaged 10.4 points and 5.6 rebounds for the 'Dogs under Stewart's guidance.
Fresno State's had one of its best defensive seasons in program history in Stewart's first year with the program. The 'Dogs set a new school and MW record with 426 steals on the season and ranked 10th nationally with a turnover margin of 5.64. Additionally, the Bulldogs ranked No. 3 in the NCAA in steals with 12.9 per game, doing so while only fouling 12.1 times per game to rank No. 7 nationally for the fewest fouls committed per game. No other NCAA team ranked in the top 20 in both steals per game and fewest fouls.
Prior to joining Raegan Pebley's staff at Fresno State, Stewart spent the last four years with the Nevada women's basketball team. In his first two seasons with the Wolf Pack, he served as an assistant coach and in 2010 he was promoted to the title of associate head coach.
Before Nevada, Stewart spent 11 seasons as the head women's basketball coach at Western Michigan University. During his tenure with the Broncos, Stewart compiled a 159-169 (.485) overall record and a 101-77 (.567) mark in MAC play. He coached 19 players to All-MAC honors, five honorable mention Kodak All-Americans and two MAC Players of the Year.
At Western Michigan, his teams made three WNIT appearances, including an Elite Eight appearance in 2004, and one NCAA Tournament Appearance. In addition, his team won the 2003 MAC Tournament.
Prior to his time at Western Michigan, Stewart served as an assistant men's coach at the University of Florida from 1990-96, where the 1994 team advanced to the NCAA Final Four. In addition, Stewart served as an assistant men's coach at Kansas State from 1986-90 where the Wildcats participated in the NCAA Tournament every season from 1986-90, including an Elite Eight appearance in 1986.
Along with his collegiate coaching experience, Stewart assisted with practices and training camp at the 1995 USA Basketball World University Games, was an assistant coach and travel coordinator with Florida's foreign tour of Australia in 1993 and served as the head coach of the Superior Professional Basketball League from 1988-89.
Stewart graduated from Indiana University in 1971 with a bachelor's degree in education and received his master's degree in education from Butler University in 1977.
He and his wife, June, have been married for 30 years. They have two sons, Ryan (26) who is an engineer, and Kyle (20) who is a sophomore at UCLA.