|Other Position:||Defensive Backs|
|Alma Mater:||Northern Arizona|
Brian Stewart brings an extensive background as a secondary coach to the Nebraska staff. He will focus on the cornerbacks in 2016, after handling the entire secondary in his first season at Nebraska. Stewart also has defensive coordinator experience at both the college and professional levels.
In his first season in Lincoln, Stewart coached an NU secondary that continued to improve throughout the season. The secondary had seven different starters in 2015, including 23 starts from freshmen or sophomores. Safety Nate Gerry led the Huskers in tackles and interceptions and earned third-team All-Big Ten honors, while cornerback Joshua Kalu was an honorable-mention all-conference pick.
Stewart joined the Nebraska staff after three seasons as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at the University of Maryland. His stop at Maryland continued an impressive coaching resume that includes seven years as a defensive coordinator—five years in college football and two in the National Football League. Stewart also has 15 years of tutoring defensive backs on his coaching resume.
In his three seasons on the Maryland staff, Stewart helped the Terrapins to a pair of bowl appearances. The attacking Terrapin defense tallied more than 30 sacks each of the past two seasons.
Defensive back Will Likely was a standout under Stewart’s guidance, leading the Big Ten in interceptions in 2014 en route to first-team all-conference honors. In Stewart’s first year at Maryland in 2012, his defense finished in the top three in the ACC in total defense, rushing defense and pass defense and was 21st nationally in total defense.
Stewart re-joined the college ranks as the defensive coordinator at the University of Houston in 2010 and 2011. Stewart’s stingy defense played a key role in the Cougars’ 13-1 record and No. 14 final national ranking in 2011.
He spent the previous eight years in the NFL, including a two-year stint as the Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator in 2007 and 2008. As the Cowboys’ defense coordinator, Stewart guided Dallas to two top-10 rankings in fewest yards allowed. He helped the Cowboys to a 13-3 record and NFC East divisional title in 2007.
Stewart also served as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Eagles (2009), San Diego Chargers (2004-06) and the Houston Texas (2002-03). Each of the teams Stewart coached in his final six NFL seasons won at least nine games, including three division champions and four playoff teams. During his time in the NFL, Stewart helped 14 players make Pro Bowl appearances.
Before his stint in the National Football League, Stewart had college assistant coaching stops at Syracuse, Missouri, San Jose State, Northern Arizona and Cal Poly. A California native, Stewart played defensive back at Santa Monica City College and Northern Arizona.
Stewart serves as the president of the Urban Football Coaches Association, conducting an annual coaches’ clinic in Los Angeles. Stewart graduated from Nogales High School in La Puente, Calif., and remains active there, conducting a free youth football camp there.
2016: Nebraska, Assistant Coach (Cornerbacks)
2015: Nebraska, Assistant Coach (Defensive Backs)
2012-14: Maryland, Assistant Coach (Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs)
2010-11: Houston, Assistant Coach (Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs)
2009: Philadelphia Eagles, Assistant Coach (Defensive Special Assistant)
2007-08: Dallas Cowboys, Assistant Coach (Defensive Coordinator)
2004-06: San Diego Chargers, Assistant Coach (Defensive Backs)
2002-03: Houston Texans, Assistant Coach (Defensive Backs Assistant)
2001: Syracuse, Assistant Coach (Defensive Backs)
1999-2000: Missouri, Assistant Coach (Defensive Backs)
1997-98: San Jose State, Assistant Coach (Defensive Backs)
1996: Missouri, Graduate Assistant Coach
1994-95: Northern Arizona, Assistant Coach (Tight Ends/Special Teams)
1992-93: Cal Poly, Assistant Coach (Wide Receivers/Running Backs)
1983: Northern Arizona (Defensive Back)
1984-85: Santa Monica City College (Defensive Back)
1986-87: Northern Arizona (Defensive Back)
Education: Northern Arizona, 1995, Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice
Family: Wife, Kimberly; Daughters, Leila, Mya and Zara
Stewart Career Highlights