COACHING: A large part of Cal's steady rise to the top of the Pac-10 on defense in recent years resides with secondary coach Randy Stewart, who enters his fifth season on the Golden Bear staff. His work in the development of players such as Marquis Smith (third round draft choice of the Cleveland Browns in 1999) and Deltha O'Neal (first round draft choice of the Denver Broncos in 2000) has been evident in recent years.
Stewart has also had a huge impact on the recruiting front, as he was primarily responsible for the addition of Kyle Boller. In 2000, he added the title of Cal's recruiting coordinator, overseeing all of Cal's recruiting efforts and working closely with the High School Relations administrative position.
A 19-year coaching veteran, Stewart has also coached linebackers, wide receivers and special teams during his career. Stewart joined the coaching ranks in 1980 at his alma mater, Boise State, where he served as special teams and secondary coach under Jim Criner for two seasons. In 1982, Stewart moved to the other side of the ball to coach the Bronco wide receivers. When Lyle Setencich was named head coach at Boise in 1983, he retained Stewart as wide receiver and special teams coach. Stewart followed Setencich to Cal Poly SLO in 1987 and served as the Mustangs linebackers and special teams coach in 1987 and as the secondary and special teams coach from 1988-91.
In 1992, Stewart accepted an offer to join the Nevada staff, coaching the defensive backs for head coach Chris Ault. During his two years with the Wolf Pack, he had two players drafted by the NFL, with Forey Duckett and Brock Marion going in the 1993 draft. Stewart stayed at Nevada for the '93 season when Jeff Horton was elevated to the head coaching slot. He then moved the next season when Horton accepted the head coaching position at UNLV and Stewart spent the next three seasons (1994-96) as the Running Rebels secondary coach. There, he played a big role in helping the Rebels to their first bowl berth in 11 years when they captured the 1994 Big West title.
PLAYER: A two-time all-conference cornerback at Moorpark JC in California, Stewart earned a degree from Boise State in physical education. He started as a senior at Boise State, leading the team with six interceptions. He prepped at Camarillo HS.
PERSONAL: Stewart, 42, was born July 17, 1958 in Denver, Colo. He and his wife, Pati, live in Concord and have three children, Carly, Jason, and Taylor.