Walter Stewart is coming back to Ohio, and a university where he excelled on the gridiron.
The Teays Valley graduate has been hired to coach outside linebackers at Cincinnati after playing for the Bearcats from 2008 to 2012 as a defensive lineman.
Stewart was a team captain and second-team All-Big East selection as a senior in 2012. He played in 43 games, went to four bowls and totaled 185 tackles, 34.5 tackles for loss, 17.5 sacks and eight forced fumbles. He ranks ninth in school history in career sacks and tied for second in forced fumbles.
“I’m thrilled to welcome Walter Stewart back to Cincinnati to serve as our outside linebackers coach,” Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell said. “He was a terrific player here at UC and it’s exciting to be able to bring back one of our own.
“He’s really made his mark in coaching and has established himself as an up-and-comer in this profession. Coaching against him the last few years, I have been impressed by the discipline and execution from his units. He’ll be a terrific addition to our staff.”
In his nine years of coaching, he has mentored two All-Americans, two conference defensive players of the year, one conference player of the year and 10 all-conference selections.
Stewart’s most recent coaching stop was at Temple, where he coached the defensive line from 2019 to 2021.
While at Temple, the Owls registered 67 sacks during his three-year stretch, including a 39-sack season in 2019 that ranked 16th nationally. He mentored 2019 AAC Defensive Player of the Year Quincy Roche, who tied the Temple record with 13.0 sacks before being drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
He coached the defensive line at Northern Illinois in 2018. NIU played it the Boca Raton Bowl and totaled the second-most sacks in the country (50). He coached Sutton Smith, who captured All-American honors. Before NIU, Stewart was at Eastern Kentucky for the 2016 and 2017 seasons as the defensive line coach. In 2015, he coached the defensive ends at Florida A&M after being on the Tennessee staff from 2013-14 where he helped coach All-SEC defensive end and Philadelphia Eagles first-round pick Derek Barnett.
-Release courtesy of the University of Cincinnati.