Cougars looking to equal best start in school history
Nationally-ranked Cougars look to remain unbeaten in 2011
Oct. 8, 2011
Brian Stewart begins his second season as the defensive coordinator at the University of Houston in 2010. As the leader of the Cougars' 3-4 defense, Stewart works closely with the cornerbacks.
Stewart came to Houston after spending the 2009 season as a defensive special assistant with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he coached the NFL's top cornerback interception tandem of Asante Samuel (9) and Sheldon Brown (5). Samuel led the NFL in interceptions in 2009 and was named to the 2010 Pro Bowl.
Stewart joined the Eagles after a two-year stint as the defensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys. During his two years in Dallas, he guided the Cowboys to two top-10 rankings in total defense.
In 2008, the Cowboys led the league with 59 sacks and ranked third in that category in 2007 (46). In 2007, an NFL-best five Cowboys defenders (DeMarcus Ware, Roy Williams, Greg Ellis, Ken Hamlin and Terence Newman) earned Pro Bowl selections.
From 2004-06, Stewart served as the secondary coach with the San Diego Chargers, where he coached former Cougar standout Hanik Milligan. During his final season in San Diego, the Chargers ranked seventh in scoring defense (18.9 points allowed per game). In 2006, Chargers cornerback Quentin Jammer set a career high with four interceptions.
That season, the Chargers also registered a 14-2 record and won the AFC West Division crown for the second time in a three-year stretch.
Stewart began his NFL coaching career as an assistant defensive backs coach with the Houston Texans (2002-03). He also worked at training camps with both Seattle and Washington as part of the league's Minority Coaching Fellowship Program.
Before joining the NFL, Stewart spent the 2001 season as the defensive backs coach at Syracuse, where he helped lead the Orange to a 10-3 overall record. SU finished the season ranked No. 14.
As an assistant at Missouri, from 1999-2000, he mentored two-time All-Big 12 free safety Julian Jones, who led the conference in 1999 with six interceptions.
Stewart coached defensive backs for San Jose State University from 1997-98. During his tenure there, his unit tied for seventh nationally with 20 interceptions, while the Spartans' pass defense ranked 37th nationally, its highest finish in the 1990s. In 1996 he served as a defensive graduate assistant at Missouri. Stewart also coached tight ends at Northern Arizona University in 1995.
He began his collegiate coaching career as an offensive assistant at Cal Poly, working with the wide receivers in 1993 and running backs in 1994. Stewart was a key part of the staff that helped lead the team to the American West Conference championship.
A former college cornerback and free safety with Northern Arizona and Santa Monica City College, Stewart earned his bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Northern Arizona in 1995.
He attended Nogales High School in La Puente, Calif., and annually conducts a free, one-day football camp for kids 7-19 in his hometown and hosts ASR - a sports retreat for minority coaches and administrators. He is the president of the Urban Football Coaches Association which conducts an annual coaching clinic in Los Angeles. Stewart and his wife, Kimberly, have three daughters, Leila, Mya and Zara.
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