By Marco Clark, exclusive to the Times
Coach Sterling Stewart is a native of Tyler, Texas, is married and has five sons. Sports runs deep in his family. Both his brothers had success on a pro football and semi-pro baseball level. Coach Stewart played high school ball at John Tyler High School under legendary coach Allen Wilson.
After high school, Stewart played college football at Austin College. His first coaching experience was on the collegiate level at the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor for one year and three years at Louisiana College. After leaving Louisiana College Stewart accepted a job at Marksville High School for a year, then accepted a position at Peabody High School. After three years of coaching high school in Louisiana, he returned to Texas coaching at Pittsburgh High, Karnack High, Linden-Kildare, Ferris and lastly at Hillsboro High where he was the position coach for NFL wide receiver Kendall Wright. He later returned to Marksville High for the 2017 season. He joined the NCHS football staff for the 2018 season and beyond.
“As the defensive coordinator, I want to pressure the quarterbacks and stuff the run with the defensive lineman. I want to use the linebackers as run and pass support if my linebackers are freed up from being part of the run and pass on every play they can confuse the quarterback and offensive coordinators. My secondary leans heavily towards playing man defense, we will play some zone coverage, but it will depend on the team we are playing that week.”