(WINDSOR, ON) – The St Clair Department of Athletics has announced the hiring of Jim Stewart as an assistant coach for the varsity cross country program. Stewart joins the Saints cross country coaching staff with over 40 years of experience in distance running as a competitor, coach, and mentor.
Stewart is a Windsor native who competed locally for FJ Brennan High School in cross country, track, and wrestling. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the St Clair program having competed in over 20 half and full marathons as well as many trail races since the early 1980s.
He has also completed six Ironman triathlons in addition to multiple races in that discipline covering a wide range of distances.
An avid sportsman, Stewart enjoyed competitive racquetball until the mid-1990s when his entire focus shifted to running and triathlons.
“Jim is one the area’s most respected and experienced coaches in addition to being a high character individual,” said Saints head coach Paul Boots. “I am looking forward to working with him as he will provide a lot of insight to our athletes. Jim also gives us another set of eyes and ears at local meets so we can look for future Saints runners.”
Stewart’s coaching credentials include 16 years as the head coach of the wrestling team at St Joseph’s High School before moving on to Tecumseh Vista Academy, when they opened their doors in 2012. He was partly responsible for spearheading the beginnings of their cross country program and has served as the head coach the past six years.
Stewart is also an assistant coach for Tecumseh Vista with the wrestling program and track team for distance running. Additionally, he has helped organize many community races and supported various running clinics while aiding numerous athletes as a distance running advisor.
As a testament to Stewart’s appeal, he joined close friend Marty Denonville on a bike trip across Canada in 2016 termed Two Guys, Four Wheels, and One Cause, which raised money and awareness in support of Huntington’s disease. That 7,500 km trek started at Vancouver’s Stanley Park in May and finished 73 days later in St John’s, NF.