BATON ROUGE LA - SEPTEMBER 25: Head coach Bill Stewart of the West Virginia Mountaineers talks with his team during a timeout against the Louisiana State University Tigers at Tiger Stadium on September 25 2010 in Baton Rouge Louisiana. The Tigers defeated the Mountaineers 20-14. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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West Virginia has announced the funeral dates/times for former head coach Bill Stewart, who passed away on Monday at the age of 59 following an apparent heart attack. Replacing Rich Rodriguez, he served as the Mountaineers' coach from 2008-2010.
According to Jenn Menendez of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, a public viewing for Stewart will be held on Thursday at the Morgantown Event Center from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. followed by a funeral and private mass at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church on Friday at 10 a.m. Stewart will then be buried at the North View Cemetery in his hometown of New Martinsville, W.Va.
The family has reportedly requested that instead of flowers, contributions be made to the Bill Stewart Memorial Community Fund,
For more on the Mountaineers and Stewart, check out The Smoking Musket, SB Nation's West Virginia blog. Additional news on Stewart's passing will be available in this StoryStream from SB Nation Pittsburgh.
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On Monday the football world was heartbroken to learn of Bill Stewart's passing. The former West Virginia Mountaineers football coach died of an apparent heart attack at just 59-years-old. He leaves behind a wife and son. Reactions to the news continue to poor in from those who knew Stewart.
WVU president Jim Clements released this statement:
"Mountaineer nation is truly saddened today to learn of the untimely passing of Coach Bill Stewart. 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."
WVU athletic director Oliver Luck said this in a statement released to the press:
"Coach Stewart was a rock-solid West Virginian and a true Mountaineer. His enthusiasm and passion for his state's flagship university was infectious. We join all Mountaineers in mourning his passing."
Current Mountaineers head coach Dana Holgorsen released a statement as well:
"Like all of us in the West Virginia community, I am shocked and saddened by the passing of Coach Stewart. The State of West Virginia, our University and our football program has lost a true Mountaineer who gave his native state university a decade of coaching service and a lifetime of guidance and inspiration to thousands of young men over a 33-year career. Though Coach Stewart achieved many great milestones on the field, we will most remember his kindness and compassion. Our football family expresses our deepest sympathy to Karen, Blaine and the extended Stewart family."
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The football world is grieving on Monday following the news of former West Virginia Mountaineers football coach Bill Stewart's passing due to an apparent heart attack. The Pittsburgh Steelers released a statement following the news of Stewart's death.
The statement from the Steelers reads:
"He was a great coach and a tremendous person. We not only lost a good football person, we lost an even better family man. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Karen and his son Blaine."
Ties between the Steelers and the former WVU coach ran much deeper than regional bonds linking to the two institutions. Stewart hired current Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin as an assistant coach at the Virginia Military Institute in 1995.
Among the current Steelers' roster, players who played for Stewart at WVU include defensive back Ryan Mundy and linebacker Morrty Ivy.