REDLANDS, Calif - The University of Redlands announced earlier this week that Jack Stewart has been named the Head Women's Golf Coach to fill the void left by Art Salvesen, who stepped down from the program in order to fully enjoy retirement.
During the team's exciting 2014-15 season, Stewart served as the Associate Head Women's Golf Coach while taking on most of the on-course coaching responsibilities. He and Salvesen joined forces to create a quality combination that helped propel the Bulldogs to their first Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) title and inaugural NCAA Championship appearance.
"I am looking forward to helping the women's golf program go to the next level," stated Stewart.
Stewart looks to build upon this year's momentum while relying on his outstanding experience as a high school coach that spans more than two decades. His numerous accolades between the boys' and girls' teams at Palm Desert High School include 18 league championships, seven CIF titles, and four Southern California championships.
"I have the fullest confidence in Jack's commitment to the student-athlete experience and the mission of our institution to ensure a tremendous opportunity for the young women. I have no doubt that our Lady Bulldogs are well on their way to becoming one of the premiere NCAA Division III women's golf programs in the country," commented Director of Athletics Jeff Martinez.
In addition to coaching, Stewart owns a private business in the desert. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Union College (KY), where he competed in golf and cross country.
Salvesen completes his collegiate coaching career after guiding both golf programs at Redlands to national prominence, as capped off by this year's impressive run by the women's team. While at the helm of the men's team from 2000 to 2009, the Bulldogs won SCIAC titles in 2002, 2003, 2005, and 2006. Redlands also competed in the NCAA Championships during eight of his ten seasons and finished among the top 10 all but one time, including unprecedented four second-place finishes.
Stewart becomes just the third head coach of the women's golf team, following Salvesen's five-year stint, which began after Martinez guided the program during its first four seasons.