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Bill Stewart, Former West Virginia Football Coach, Dies at 59

Bill Stewart, Former West Virginia Football Coach, Dies at 59
Head coach Bill Stewart of the West Virginia Mountaineers watches his team take on the Florida State Seminoles during the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida, on Jan. 1, 2010. Photographer: Doug Benc/Getty Images

May 22 (Bloomberg) -- Former West Virginia University football coach Bill Stewart died of a heart attack, the school said on its website. He was 59.

Stewart was playing golf yesterday when he collapsed, according to Clarksburg, West Virginia-based WBOY-TV.

Stewart became the university’s interim head coach late in the 2007 season after Rich Rodriguez’s departure, and received the job outright after leading the team to a Fiesta Bowl victory. He was 27-12 in three seasons with the team, and resigned last June following reports that he asked members of the media to “dig up dirt” on his successor, Dana Holgorsen.

Holgorsen had been hired by West Virgina as offensive coordinator and head coach-in-waiting while Stewart was to serve his final season in 2011.

Stewart also coached at the Virginia Military Institute and served as an assistant at Air Force, Arizona State, North Carolina, Navy, William & Mary and Marshall.

He is survived by his wife, Karen, and son, Blaine, WBOY reported.

To contact the reporter on this story: Eben Novy-Williams in New York at enovywilliam@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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