Assistant Coach Aisha Stewart Completes WBB Staff
Ten-Year Coaching Veteran Comes From Sun Belt Success
Aisha Stewart will begin her first season as assistant coach with the North Texas women's basketball program. She will serve as recruiting coordinator, academic liaison and guards coach.
"I'm beyond excited to join the Mean Green family," Stewart said. "It's an honor to work alongside someone in this business who I respect professionally and also is a genuine friend. Her heart, passion, spirit, work ethic and total being is what made me want to be a part of her vision. I believe in her and the vision to restore this program back to the success it had when she played."
Stewart had been with Arkansas St. for one year, serving as assistant coach with a special emphasis as recruiting coordinator and academic liaison.
In 2014-15, the Red Wolves had a record of 24-11, including a 16-4 record in Sun Belt Conference play and 14-1 in home games. A-State was one win shy of tying the single-season school record and narrowly missed out on an NCAA Tournament appearance, as it was the highest team in the RPI rankings not to be selected. Instead, the Red Wolves went to the WNIT for the second-consecutive season and won their first postseason game since 2007.
At A-State, Stewart helped Aundrea Gamble earn her second-consecutive Sun Belt Player of the Year award, as she averaged 19.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game. Stewart also guided Jasmine Hunt and Khadija Brown-Haywood to breakout seasons and All-Sun Belt Third Team honors.
While serving as the academic liaison, Stewart helped 12 student-athletes make the A-State Academic Honor Roll for the fall semester. The Red Wolves finished with an overall team GPA of 3.3 with two players earning perfect 4.0 marks. Out of a possible 74 classes, the team compiled 42 A's.
"I'm thrilled to add Aisha to my coaching staff," head coach Jalie Mitchell said. "I coached against her for several years and I'm confident that she's just what we needed for our staff to be complete. I've always been impressed by her confidence and contributions from the opposite bench."
Mitchell continued, "Aisha is known for her work ethic, strong knowledge of the game and academic processes, as well her organization skills and strong will. She's an extremely loyal friend and coach who genuinely cares about each student-athlete. I love my team and I'm happy that we have a group of coaches that they can learn from and have lifetime relationships with."
Before A-State, Stewart was on the South Alabama coaching staff for six seasons - five of which were with current Mean Green associate head coach Bobby Brasel. From 2008-14, Stewart helped USA win 95 games, including a 21-11 record in her first season in Mobile. In those six seasons, the Jaguars were top-two in the Sun Belt in defensive field goal percentage and scoring defense four times.
With USA, she was an academic coordinator and took part in recruiting trips, preparing scouting reports and shooting instruction. Overall, she coached seven student-athletes who were named to Sun Belt All-Conference teams and 18 who earned Academic Honor Roll.
Out of high school, Stewart went to Independence Community College in Kansas for two seasons where she was coached by current UTEP head coach Keitha Adams. The Lady Pirates went 56-7 those two seasons and led the NJCAA in scoring with 95 points per game.
Following ICC, Stewart went to Jacksonville for one year, then finished her collegiate careerat Catawba College, where she graduated in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in sociology. While playing at Catawba, she tied the program record with seven three-pointers made in one game; in addition, the Indians won theirconference championship. She earned her master's degree in rehabilitation counseling in 2008 from South Carolina St. while working for two years as a Lady Bulldogs assistant coach. Originally from Topeka, Kansas, Stewart graduated from Highland Park High School.