North Gwinnett’s football program will be looking for a new head coach since Bill Stewart, who has been at the helm of the Bulldogs’ football program since 2017, announced his resignation via social media on Wednesday.
Stewart’s post on social media said that he will be leaving North Gwinnett to take a job at Georgia Tech under their new head coach Brent Key. His new role will be that of an analyst.
On social media, Stewart said, “I am turning over a new chapter in my life and will be coaching for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. I want the North family to know my heart is filled with extreme gratitude for the time that I have been your head coach. I have been blessed to work alongside an incredible coaching staff with great men of character. I would like to thank our principal, Nathan Ballantine, and our athletic director, Matt Champitto, for believing and entrusting me with the football program.”
Stewart led North Gwinnett to the only state championship they have which came as his first year as the head coach in 2017. During the six years that Stewart has been the head coach at North Gwinnett, the Bulldogs have an overall record of 61-19 and are four-time region champions in addition to the 2017 state championship.
Before coming to North Gwinnett to replace Bob Sphire, Stewart was at Mill Creek as a defensive coordinator and head strength coach from 2014-2017. He spent 2012-2013 in Madison, Alabama as the head football coach and athletic director at James Clemens High School. During a five year period from 2006-2011, Stewart was the head football and strength coach at Etowah High School in Woodstock, Georgia. He was the defensive coordinator and ISS instructor at Parkview High School from 2003-2006.
Prior to coming to Georgia in 2003, Stewart was a defensive coordinator in Florida at Armwood High School (1998-2003) and Apopka High School (1995-1998). Stewart spent 1993-1995 at the University of Central Florida as a linebacker coach and travel coordinator.
Stewart played football in Florida as a linebacker for the University of Central Florida and went to high school in the Orlando area.
Stewart’s son Jake played football at North Gwinnett during his senior season in 2017 as a middle linebacker. Several notable football players have come through North Gwinnett under the guidance of Stewart. Those players that came from the Stewart era at North Gwinnett were Tyler Goodson (Green Bay Packers), Cade Fortin (Arkansas), Jordan Hancock (Ohio State), Josh Downs (North Carolina), Jared Ivey (Ole Miss), Barrett Carter (Clemson), Warren Ericson (Georgia), Kayden McDonald (Ohio State), Grant Godfrey (Kentucky), Tyler Walton (Wake Forest), Seth Anderson (Iowa), Warren Burrell (Tennessee), Zach Johansen (Ole Miss), Carter Thomason (Clemson), D.J. Turner (Michigan), Payne Walker (Georgia), Connor Sanders (Georgia) and Everett Garard (LSU).
In closing out his social media post and career as the head coach at North Gwinnett, Stewart said, “Thank you North Family for your undying support. I look forward to seeing North ascend to even greater heights in the future.”