New Athletic Director Nate Stewart

After Nate Davis left, the role of athletic director was vacant, and this summer, Nate Stewart was chosen as Eastern’s new athletic director. Stewart mentioned that he could never have foreseen his position at Eastern when he graduated from Roanoke College; however, a good friend encouraged him to apply for the coaching position. Stewart was hired to coach Eastern’s basketball team in 2011, after which he went on to coach the Eagles basketball team for four years. Eric McNelley is filling as the interim Head Coach for the Eagles basketball team, as Stewart’s first task after his appointment as athletic director was to find a basketball coach.  Stewart has a love for sports and the players involved on Eastern’s campus.  During his four years of coaching, it was obvious that players naturally gravitated toward him, whether it was during a game or outside around campus. The coach mentality that Stewart possesses will certainly prove beneficial.

When it comes to sports, Stewart is well rounded. He played basketball at Roanoke College. He also graduated with his bachelor’s degree in health and human performance and his master’s degree in athletic administration from Marshall University.  Stewart’s impact on Eastern’s athletic program can already be seen through our new fitness center and the addition of a track and field team. Stewart has a bigger picture in mind for Eastern.  He is focused on every player; whether future freshman recruits or current players, he seeks to make sure they get the most out of Eastern’s community and that they graduate.  Stewart is planning to get the teams more involved with the community by serving those in need of help.

Stewart is adjusting well to his new role.  I look forward to seeing what he does next as Eastern’s athletic director.

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