MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The only son of late West Virginia University Head Football Coach Bill Stewart says his dad would have considered the naming of the football stadium at his alma mater, Magnolia High School, an honor.

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Blaine Stewart

“He valued Magnolia High School and New Martinsville so much and, just for them to do this, he would be really happy about it,” said Blaine Stewart.

He was a guest on Friday’s MetroNews “Talkline” from the campus of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. where he is an accounting major and a redshirt freshman on the JMU football team.

Stewart and his mother, Karen, were planning to be in New Martinsville on Friday night for the naming ceremony.  From now on, the home of the Magnolia Blue Eagles will be known as Alumni Field at Bill Stewart Memorial Stadium.

“It’s something I wish he could be here to see,” said Blaine.

Bill Stewart was a Magnolia High School graduate who often spoke proudly about his Wetzel County roots.  Following his death from a heart attack in May 2012, his funeral procession traveled from Morgantown to Magnolia High School.

“We’ve always kept New Martinsville close and that’s something I’m going to continue to do in my life also,” said Blaine Stewart.

The stadium naming ceremony was scheduled for halftime at the Magnolia-Oak Glen game.

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Comments

  • Jim Koon

    Thank you Coach Stewart. Your decency and honor continue to be a bright light in West Virginia. To his son, and widow, our prayers for peace and success in your days ahead. Jeremiah 29:11 Indeed, God has a plan.

  • ShadyBob

    Thank you for honoring Stew, the whole Ohio Valley is proud of you! May God bestow His blessing on the Stewart family.

  • blesswv

    RIP - great down to earth coach for wvu football
    Team.

  • WV alum

    The name Bill Stewart needs to be memorialized prominently on the WVU football complex.

    What he stood for is memorialized in our hearts.

  • Neodave

    The greatest ambassador for WVU sports ever to wear the gold and blue.

    "Leave no doubt"

    RIP Coach Stewart.

  • barb

    William...regarding your comment...a member of my church got free tickets on the fifty yard line and could not enjoy the game because of our current football coach's foul mouth. Stew taught more than football, he taught life, and Owen Schmidt pretty much said that in his reflections on his former coach.he not only tried to make them decent players he, more importantly tried to make them decent people... that's a coach in my book...

  • barb

    The ceremony really brought tears to my eyes. It was very Stew, and extremely well done. It very well represented the spirit of the Old Gold and Blue, as did Stewart.

  • Bruiser

    Just sat through the ceremony at Alumni Field Bill Stewart Memorial Stadium and it still breaks my heart that he is gone. They played his "leave no doubt" speech, his son Blaine gave kind words, along with Owen Schmitt tribute and at the end both sides sang "Country Roads". I thought all comments above and wishing their son Good Luck show the many classy people we have, but too bad William had to show his level of character if he has any.

  • WVU_93

    A great honor for a great man. No true Mountaineer will ever forget that Coach Stew was there for us when Michigan left us without a head coach for the Fiesta Bowl, Oklahoma sure won't!!

  • Joe

    I'm also guessing that Owen Schmitt will be speaking and, just like after his Fiesta Bowl post-game comments, there will not be a dry eye in the house!

  • Joe

    Blaine, Thank you and your Mom for all that you have done in ensuring your father's lasting legacy. He is greatly missed, and plese don't ever underestimate the pride and honor of Mountaineer Nation to have Bill as our coach.

    RIP, Coach....we got it from here. You truly Left No Doubt.

    Joe

  • Chef Camille

    Very well done Magnolia

  • Medman

    Stew's only problem was that he had a true soul, character and a value system that did not fit those in charge at WVU.

  • GoEers

    A great honor for a great human being.

  • wvrefugee

    Great tribute for a great man and family. Good Luck at JMU Blaine from the previous defensive staff!