Murray State College Athletic Director Justin Cellum has announced the selection of Mr. Nataki Stewart as the second women's soccer head coach in program history.
Stewart has spent the past two seasons in Nacogdoches, Texas assisting Southland Conference powerhouse Stephen F. Austin State University(SFA) which recorded a combined 25-13-1, including a conference record of 17-5 (.773).
"We are especially pleased that Coach Stewart and his wife will be joining the Murray State College family. Coach Stewart has distinguished himself as a student athlete and by assisting at powerhouse universities in Texas. We are looking forward to a great season," said MSC President Joy McDaniel.
During his stint at SFA, the Ladyjacks reached back-to-back conference finals. He helped coached five First Team All-Conference players, two Midfielder-of-Year players, eight All-Tournament players and three players who are currently playing professional overseas. The Ladyjacks also earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award for excellence in the classroom both seasons.
"I want to thank MSC administration and members of the search committee for this wonderful opportunity to lead the women's soccer program at Murray State College. I would like to express special thanks to my wife for her unwavering support throughout this exciting process. Also, a big thanks to Wally Crittenden and the entire SFA staff, Nik Barjaktarevic and Aaron Champenoy whose guidance will serve as the blueprint of my coaching career. I look forward to the future knowing that our players are poised to utilize the program's past success under Cortney Wiesler as a catalyst for our future ambitions," said Stewart.
Stewart also sent two seasons as an assistant coach at the University of St. Thomas (UST) in Houston, Texas where he helped establish the program in 2014. During his two seasons in Houston, the Celts went 19-11-5, which included an unbeaten regular season record of 6-0-2 in the NAIA Red River Athletic Conference and a place in the 2015 conference championship game. Working closely with the UST back line, Stewart turned the Celts into one of the best defensive teams in the nation for 2015. His team posted .670 goals-against-average on the year, ranking 13th in the country.
In addition, Stewart served as an assistant men's coach for UST in 2015. The Celts went 10-5-2 during the year, which included another unbeaten 8-0 run in the conference regular season. Stewart assisted in all areas of both programs, specifically recruiting, defending, scouting of opponents and on-field training.
As a player, Stewart was a two-year letter winner at Houston's San Jacinto College-South from 2010-2012. While there he guided the Coyotes to two straight NJCAA Region XIV Conference finals. In 2012, Stewart transferred across town to the University of St. Thomas-Houston where he was an NAIA Scholar-Athlete. During his final season in 2013, Stewart was part of a defense ranked seventh in the country in goals-against-average (.690), ninth in total shutouts (9) and 11th in shutouts per game (.470). As a result, the Celts won their first-ever Red River Athletic Conference title enroute to their second NAIA National Tournament appearance.
Stewart is a native of Westmoreland, Jamaica. He currently holds his NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and USSF National D License. In addition, he earned a Master of Business Administration degree in 2016 from the University of St. Thomas-Houston. Stewart was awarded a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from UST in 2014.
For more information on women's soccer at Murray State College, contact Justin Cellum at firstname.lastname@example.org or Nataki Stewart at email@example.com. Information on women's soccer and upcoming games can be found on the college website at mscaggies.com.