Randy Stewart spent one season as the defensive backs coach at Cal in 2013 in his second stint at the school before it was announced that he would not return for the 2014 campaign on Jan. 8, 2014.
Stewart coached Cal’s top two tacklers during the 2013 campaign in safeties junior Michael Lowe and freshman Cameron Walker with the latter moving from cornerback when injuries depleted the team’s defensive backfield. Lowe also led the team with a pair of fumble recoveries and ranked tied for fourth in the Pac-12 with an average of 0.17 per game. The team’s defense was bitten by injuries in 2013 with 16 players from the team’s preseason two-deep combining to miss 109 contests, including five of his defensive backs for a total of 29 games.
Stewart spent six campaigns overall at Cal during two stints, also serving as the defensive backs coach for five seasons from 1997-2001.
Stewart has 33 seasons of coaching experience at the collegiate level with other previous stints at Boise State, Cal Poly, Eastern Michigan, Fresno State, Nevada and UNLV. Stewart has coached 11 bowl teams and one NCAA Division I-AA champion at Boise State among four NCAA playoff appearances.
He has also coached 14 players that have gone on to play in the NFL including Fresno State's Tyron Culver, Therrian Fontenot, A.J. Jefferson, Richard Marshall, Marcus McCauley, James Sanders and Cameron Worrell; Cal's Nnamdi Asomugha, Derrick Gardner, Chidi Iwuoma, Deltha O'Neal and Marquis Smith; and Nevada's Forey Duckett and Brock Marion. Kameron Jackson, a Cal junior in 2013, is looking to add himself to the list after declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft in December.
Stewart spent a single season at Eastern Michigan coaching the linebackers in 2012 after a successful 10-year run at Fresno State from 2002-11 in which the Bulldogs played in nine bowl games during his tenure. He worked with the defensive backs for the entire decade and added defensive coordinator duties for his final three seasons.
The Fresno State defense had its strongest campaign during Stewart's three-year stint as defensive coordinator in 2010 when the Bulldogs ranked second in the Western Athletic Conference in pass defense (208.77 ypg), fourth in total defense (367.23 ypg), fourth in rushing defense (158.46 ypg) and fifth in scoring defense (30.00) while holding five opponents to 20 points or fewer. Fresno State was also known for making big plays, ranking second in the WAC and tied for ninth nationally by averaging 2.85 sacks per game with a total of 37.0 sacks (-240 yards).
WAC Defensive Player of the Year Chris Carter (11.0 sacks, -63 yards, 0.85 spg) and first-team All-WAC selection Logan Harrell (10.5 sacks, -79 yards, 0.81 spg) were the top two players in sacks in the conference in 2010, while ranking tied for ninth and tied for 13th in the nation, respectively. The two defensive linemen also ranked tied for second and tied for sixth in the conference in tackles for loss. Carter totaled 16.5 tackles for loss (-93 yards) for an average of 1.27 per game, while Harrell had 14.0 (-84 yards) for an average of 1.08.
In his first game as Fresno State's defensive coordinator in 2009 the Bulldogs pitched a shutout against UC Davis. Fresno State would finish third in the WAC in 2009 in both scoring defense (28.38 ppg) and pass defense (199.62 ypg), ranking 32nd nationally in the latter. Carter was again a featured player and first-team All-WAC choice, ranking fourth in the conference in tackles for loss with an average of 1.00 per game and tied for fifth in sacks at 0.38 per contest. Carter finished with totals of 5.0 sacks (-36 yards) and 13.0 tackles for loss (-51 yards).
Linebacker Ben Jacobs matched Carter's two first-team All-WAC honors (2009-10), while linebacker Travis Brown was the other non-defensive back to pick up a second-team All-WAC selection (2010) during Stewart's tenure in the position.
Stewart also made a habit of developing outstanding players in the secondary throughout his entire 10-year run at Fresno State, led by two-time second-team All-WAC selections Moses Harris (2008, ‘09) and Lorne Bell (2009, ’10). Desia Dunn added second-team All-WAC honors in 2010.
There were also several highlights during Stewart's first seven seasons at Fresno State as the team's defensive backs coach before he became defensive coordinator in 2009.
In 2007, Fresno State's pass defense ranked third in the WAC (226.38 ypg), while its pass defense efficiency was fourth in the conference and 21st nationally (140.63). His 2006 squad featured a second-team All-WAC selection in Josh Sherley, while fellow defensive back McCauley would go on to be drafted in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings.
Three Fresno State defensive backs were either first or second-team All-WAC picks in 2005, with Culver earning a first-team selection to mark the fourth straight season that a Bulldog defensive back was so honored.
McCauley and Marshall were second-team selections when Fresno State’s secondary was one of the nation’s best in 2004, as the Bulldogs led the WAC and ranked third in the nation in pass efficiency defense (99.12) while allowing just nine touchdown passes all season; the fifth-lowest total in the nation. The 2004 Bulldogs also led the WAC in scoring defense (21.08 ppg), pass defense (174.75 ypg) and total defense (339.25 ypg), with the team's pass defense ranking 13th nationally.
His 2003 squad finished second in the WAC in pass defense (206.43 ypg) and recorded 16 interceptions to rank third in the conference, with Sanders earning first-team All-WAC honors after picking up a second-team selection in 2002.
In his first season with the Bulldogs in 2002, Stewart helped Worrell develop from a walk-on into a first-team All-WAC selection and NFL undrafted free agent who would eventually have a six-year professional football career.
During Stewart’s previous five-year stint as the defensive backs coach at Cal from 1997-2001, the Golden Bears led the Pac-10 in 1999 in total defense (352.6 ypg). He also added recruiting coordinator duties for his final two seasons. Stewart guided such players as O'Neal and Smith to first and third-round selections by Denver and Cleveland in the 2000 and 1999 NFL Draft, respectively.
Prior to his arrival at Cal, Stewart was the secondary coach for three seasons at UNLV (1994-96) and helped the program to its first bowl berth in 11 years when the Rebels won a share of the 1994 Big West Conference crown and went on to defeat Central Michigan in the Las Vegas Bowl.
Stewart was the defensive backs coach at Nevada for two seasons (1992-93), where he coached two future NFL players in Duckett and Marion. His 1992 squad became the first team to win a conference title (Big West) in its first season as a Division I-A participant (now Football Bowl Subdivision) to earn a spot in the Las Vegas Bowl.
Before his stint at Nevada he spent five seasons at Cal Poly (1987-91), serving as the Mustangs' linebackers and special teams coach for one campaign before spending four with the secondary and special teams. The 1990 squad won the Western Conference title and reached the Division II national semifinals.
Stewart earned a bachelor's degree of science in physical education from Boise State in 1982 after joining the coaching ranks at his alma mater in 1980, where he served as an assistant defensive backs coach for the first of his seven campaigns on the staff followed by six seasons as the wide receivers coach. The Broncos won the 1980 Division I-AA (now Football College Subdivision) national title in his first season, followed by a semifinal appearance in 1981.
Stewart was a two-year letterwinner at Boise State (1978-79) and led his team in interceptions as a senior while twice earning the Denny Erickson Memorial Award of Valor. Prior to his arrival as a player at Boise State, he was a team captain and earned Most Improved Honors during his second of two seasons at Moorpark Junior College (1976-77).
Stewart and his wife, Pati, have one daughter, Carly, and two sons, Jason and Taylor. The couple also has four granddaughters – Brooke, Chloe, Kaydyn and Kendall – and one grandson, Channing.
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Last Updated: January 8, 2014