About Coach Rick Stewart
Coach Stewart has coached football for 27 years, winning championships with 6th graders, 8th graders, high school freshman, and high school varsity. He coached 9 years at the youth and freshman level, always serving as head coach. After completing his college at age of 28 he has coached 16 years at the varsity level, the past 10 as the varsity head coach.
Coach Stewart has specialized in turning around losing programs. As a first year varsity assistant at McFarland, he helped them break a 19 game losing streak going 8-2 and making the playoffs for the 4th time in 75 year history of the school. He left McFarland to coach DBs & WRs at North-Bakersfield and then become OC at Delano High before returning to McFarland as head coach in 2003. McFarland went 1-19 during his absence, but he got them back into the playoffs in his 2nd year as the head coach. McFarland had no weight room, 3 coaching stipends, 600 students in the school, and every student was in the free lunch program.
Coach moved on to Corcoran, with 900 students and a football weight training class. They were on a 27-game losing streak prior to his arrival but were undefeated league champions in Year 2.
The pinnacle of his career was Porterville, a D-3 school with 2,000 students in a rural, agricultural setting. They had never won a playoff game in 100 years and had only won 8 games in the 5 years before his arrival. He started a 501(c) booster club from scratch, formed 3 youth feeder teams by fundraising $25,000, and completely re-built the dilapidated weight room with $40,000.
After going 2-8 in his first year (losing a game in OT and another by 4 points), Porterville won 36 games in four years, won 6 playoff games, a league championship, and played for back-to-back section championships.
During his 10 year career, Stewart has re-built all of these schools despite NEVER COACHING A SCHOLARSHIP PLAYER !!! Also, he has only lost 2 players to grades in his entire career as his Academic Gameplan is a solid, year-round program. But Stewart’s strength is Team Building…at all 4 levels: Players, Coaches, Campus, & Community.
Coach Stewart served 4 years in the USMC and has a bachelors in biology and minors in chemistry and physics. He is credentialed to teach all 3 sciences, as well as Physcial Education. He has taught for 14 years the subjects Physics (AP and CP), Chemistry (AP and CP), Earth Science, Life Science, Biology, Anatomy, and Integrated Science. He has taught Advanced Strength and Conditioning that past 5 years.
You can contact Coach Stewart at:
Visalia, CA 93291