The West Virginia Mountaineers family is still reeling from the death of former coach Bill Stewart, who died of an apparent heart attack Monday afternoon. Those who knew Stewart are making their condolences public.
West Virginia University president Jim Clements, who came to WVU in 2009, was one of the first to comment on Stewart:
"Mountaineer nation is truly saddened today to learn of the untimely passing of Coach Bill Stewart. Our hearts go out to the Stewart family and Bill's many friends. He was a compassionate, energetic, and kind person. He loved his family dearly and was extremely community-oriented and very giving of his time. He will be greatly missed."
Stewart has also been hailed by WVU athletic director Oliver Luck:
"Coach Stewart was a rock-solid West Virginian and a true Mountaineer. His enthusiasm and passion for his state’s flagship University was infectious. We join all Mountaineers in mourning his passing."
West Virginia's governor, Earl Ray Tomblin, praised Stewart for bringing "new found pride" to the state as the Mountaineers' head man.