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Temple Promotes Scott Stewart to Head Coach and AD

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Scott Stewart got his dream job.  Temple ISD officially announced the Wildcats defensive coordinator has been promoted to head coach and athletic director.

“At this point in our Temple ISD life, we were looking for someone with enthusiasm, leadership and an appreciation for our traditions,” Superintendent Robin Battershell said in a release.  “We were looking for someone who could take us from great to elite.  We found our person in Coach Stewart.”

The 41-year-old Stewart grew up almost within the shadow of Wildcat Stadium.  He graduated from Troy High School, located 10 miles from Temple, in 1992.  Stewart played football and received a bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University in 1997.


The former defensive coordinator at Spring Westfield and Round Rock Stony Point joined the Temple staff in 2014.  He implemented a 4-2-5 defense that allowed only 15.1 points and 238.9 yards per game in 2015.

“This is an unbelievable place,” he told the Temple Daily Telegram.  “This is an unbelievable district and I love these kids.”

Stewart follows Mike Spradlin, who left to become athletic director at Magnolia ISD on January 14.  During his five years at the Wildcat helm, Spradlin compiled a 44-17 record and won three straight district championships from 2013-15.

Temple ISD narrowed their choices to four candidates before selecting Stewart.  The school board also considered Temple assistant J. D. Berna, Cameron Yoe head coach Rick Rhoades, and Galena Park North Shore head coach Jon Kay.

The Temple position will be Stewart’s first as a head coach.  The Wildcats open the 2016 season on August 26 with a road game against long-time rival Belton.

“I have a relationship with a lot of people in this room and this community,” Stewart said at his press conference.  “It’s an honor to serve as your athletic director and football coach.”

Stewart plans few changes in Temple’s coaching staff and plans to meet with coaches from the district’s three middle schools over the next few weeks.

“Your athletic program starts from the bottom up, no from the top down,” he told the Daily Telegram. “It’s about giving these kids what they deserve, and that’s my dead-level best.”

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