Experience: 2nd season
Birthdate: August 22, 1991
Hometown: Brighton, Michigan
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Matt Stewart helped develop the Tri-City Storm in all areas during his first season as assistant coach in 2016-17. An expert on skating technique, Stewart worked with Linus Weissbach, one of the league's speediest talents who was selected in the 7th round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres. The Storm finished 21-31-6-2 in 2016-17.
The Storm hired Stewart in August 2016. He arrived in Kearney after serving as an assistant in 2015-16 at Lawrence University, a NCAA Division III school in Appleton, Wisconsin that competes in the North Collegiate Hockey Association.
At Lawrence University in 2015-16, the Vikings won nine games, their best since 2012.
A former defenseman, the Brighton, Michigan native played three seasons in the USHL; one with the Ohio Jr. Blue Jackets (2007-08) and two with the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers (2009-11). Stewart won the Clark Cup in 2010 and was coached by current Tampa Bay Lightning Head Coach Jon Cooper. In 2011, Stewart made the Clark Cup Final with Green Bay.
In 152 USHL games, Stewart had two goals, 32 points, a plus-23 rating and 174 penalty minutes.
Stewart Coaching Timeline
2016-present: Tri-City Storm (Assistant Coach)
2015-16: Lawrence University (Men’s Hockey Assistant Coach)
2010: Clark Cup Champion (Green Bay Gamblers)
2009: National Championship (Little Caesars U18)
After his USHL career, Stewart played four seasons (2011-15) at Western Michigan University. In 64 games, Stewart scored three goals and nine points. In his freshman year, the Broncos won the CCHA Conference Championship. Stewart was named to the All-Academic NCHC Conference squad in his senior season, 2015, and was a co-recipient of the team's KOHA Grinder Award.
Growing up in the Detroit suburbs, Stewart played his youth hockey for Little Caesars (2005-07, 2008-09) and won a 2009 National Championship with the U18 team.
The son of Dave and Karen, Matt's brother, Brett, played football for Western Michigan.