Assistant Coach (Safeties) • Ninth Year • Boise State '82
Recruiting Area: Central Coast (Area Code 805) / Los Angeles Valleys
Randy Stewart, who coached the linebackers, defensive backs and special teams under Lyle Setencich at Cal Poly from 1987-91 and has over 35 years of coaching experience in the college ranks, returned to Cal Poly in March 2017 to coach the safeties.
Stewart coached for six seasons during two stints at Cal — from 1997-2001 and in 2013 with the defensive backs. He also was the Golden Bears' recruiting coordinator in 2000 and 2001.
"Stewart was highly recommended to me," said Mustang head coach Tim Walsh. "He coached for Lyle, his experience coaching the secondary will help us tremendously and a lot of people think he's the best in the country."
During Stewart's initial five-year stint at Cal, the Golden Bears led the Pac-10 in 1999 in total defense (352.6 yards per game) and he guided Deltha O'Neal and Marquis Smith to first- and third-round selections by Denver and Cleveland in the 2000 and 1999 NFL Draft, respectively.
In addition to Cal Poly and Cal, Stewart's other previous coaching stints were at Boise State, Eastern Michigan, Fresno State, Nevada, UNLV and, most recently, at Whittier College for the 2015 season. Stewart has coached 11 bowl teams and one NCAA Division I-AA champion at Boise State among four NCAA playoff appearances.
He has also coached 14 players that have gone on to play in the NFL. In addition to O'Neal and Smith, Stewart coached Fresno State's Tyron Culver, Therrian Fontenot, A.J. Jefferson, Richard Marshall, Marcus McCauley, James Sanders and Cameron Worrell; Cal's Nnamdi Asomugha, Derrick Gardner and Chidi Iwuoma; and Nevada's Forey Duckett and Brock Marion.
Stewart spent a single season at Eastern Michigan coaching the linebackers in 2012 after a successful 10-year run at Fresno State from 2002-11 in which the Bulldogs played in nine bowl games during his tenure. He worked with the defensive backs for the entire decade and added defensive coordinator duties for his final three seasons.
Prior to his arrival at Cal in 1997, Stewart was the secondary coach for three seasons at UNLV (1994-96) and helped the program to its first bowl berth in 11 years when the Rebels won a share of the 1994 Big West Conference crown and went on to defeat Central Michigan in the Las Vegas Bowl.
Stewart was the defensive backs coach at Nevada for two seasons (1992-93), where he coached two future NFL players in Duckett and Marion. His 1992 squad became the first team to win a conference title (Big West) in its first season as a Division I-A participant (now Football Bowl Subdivision) to earn a spot in the Las Vegas Bowl.
Before his stint at Nevada he spent five seasons at Cal Poly (1987-91), serving as the Mustangs' linebackers and special teams coach for one campaign before spending four with the secondary and special teams. The 1990 squad won the Western Football Conference title and reached the Division II national semifinals.
Stewart earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from Boise State in 1982 after joining the coaching ranks at his alma mater in 1980, where he served as an assistant defensive backs coach for the first of his seven campaigns on the staff followed by six seasons as the wide receivers coach. The Broncos won the 1980 Division I-AA (now Football Championship Subdivision) national title in his first season, followed by a semifinal appearance in 1981.
Stewart was a two-year letter winner at Boise State (1978-79) and led his team in interceptions as a senior while twice earning the Denny Erickson Memorial Award of Valor. Prior to his arrival as a player at Boise State, he was a team captain and earned Most Improved Honors during his second of two seasons at Moorpark College (1976-77).
Stewart and his wife, Pati, have one daughter, Carly, and two sons, Jason and Taylor. The couple also has four granddaughters – Brooke, Chloe, Kaydyn and Kendall – and one grandson, Channing.