Coach Norm Stewart


In 1952, widely recruited Norman E. Stewart chose to keep his athletic talents at home in Missouri.  During his outstanding athletic career, he was elected captain of the Tiger basketball team for two years; led the Big Seven Conference in scoring; was named to the all-Big Seven team twice; and was named an All-American his senior season.  Stewart ranks 28th on the all-time Mizzou list with 1,112 points.  But, Stewart’s athletic abilities weren’t just on the basketball court – he played on the Tiger baseball team for three years and was a pitcher on the 1954 MU team that won the College World Series Championship.

Following his outstanding career at MU, Stewart played a season each with the St. Louis Hawks and the Baltimore Orioles organizations. 

In 1957, Stewart returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach for both the basketball and baseball teams.  While an assistant coach he also earned his Masters Degree in Education in 1960. 

As a head coach at Northern Iowa (6 years) and at Missouri (32 years), Stewart won 731 games, which ranks him sixteenth on the all-time college coaching list.  During his coaching career he won eight Big 12/Big Eight Conference championships and took the Tigers to 16 NCAA Tournaments.  He won more conference games (246) and conference tournament titles (6) than any coach in league history.  Voted the Big Eight Conference’s All-Time Coach by both the Associated Press and the Kansas City Star, Stewart was named District “Coach of the Year” seven times, Big Eight “Coach of the Year” five times, UPI “National Coach of the Year” in 1982, and AP “National Coach of the Year” in 1994.  Stewart’s 1994 team made Big Eight History when they became the first to go undefeated in conference play.

Following his retirement in 1999 as MU’s head basketball coach of 32 years, Norm Stewart served as the Special Consultant to the Chancellor at Mizzou. 

Stewart received the MU Alumni Association Faculty Award in 1972.  He is a member of the MU Alumni Association, a sustaining member of the Jefferson Club, and a former member of MU’s Development Council.  He was a member of the For All We Call Mizzou Campaign Steering Committee that completed a one billion dollar campaign.

Stewart was elected to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame and was inducted on November 18, 2007.  He was also nominated to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003; elected to the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in; was named one of ten Missouri Legends in 2000; and is a member of the MU Basketball Hall of Fame.  In 1998, Stewart was selected as the Missouri Citizen of the Year.  He is also a Missouri Squire – one of 100 Missouri Leaders.  In 1994, he was honored at the White House where President Bill Clinton presented Stewart with the American Cancer Society Courage Award.

Stewart’s personal fight with colon cancer took on a new meaning for Tiger fans when he founded the pilot program at MU.  Teaming up with Jerry Quick of the American Cancer Society they started the “3 Point Attack” project. It was so successful that Coach Stewart took the program to the NABC where it was adopted, and remains today, the major charity for that organization and became the Coaches vs. Cancer program.  Today, more than 500 Division I, II, and III college coaches are involved in the program and has now raised over $100 million dollars in the fight against cancer.

Stewart is married to the former Virginia Zimmerley, MU’s 1955 Homecoming Queen.  The Stewart’s have three children: Jeffrey, and his wife, LuAnn have four daughters and live in Columbia; Lindsey, and his wife, Darcy have three sons and live in Kansas City; and Laura, and her husband, T.K. Knowles have a daughter and a son and live in Los Angeles.  In 2015 the Norm and Virginia became very proud great-grandparents.

Partial list of memberships and awards

All American Player for MU

7 time District Coach of the Year

5 time Big Eight Coach of the Year

1982 UPI National Coach of the Year

1994 AP National Coach of the Year

Associated Press All Time Big Eight Coach

Missouri Sports Legend

Missouri Sports Hall of Fame

MU Sports Hall of Fame

National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame

MU Alumni Association Faculty Award

American Cancer Society Courage Award

Missouri Citizen of the Year

MU Alumni Association Faculty Award

Missouri Squire