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Brian Stewart
Defensive Backs

Biography

Brian Stewart joins the Lions coaching staff in 2018 with an extensive background on the defensive side of the football, primarily in the secondary. After spending eight consecutive years in the collegiate ranks (2010-17), Stewart re-enters the NFL in 2018 as the Lions defensive backs coach. Prior to Detroit, he most recently served as the defensive coordinator and interim head coach at Rice University in 2017. Stewart brings to Detroit nine seasons of NFL coaching experience and 27 years in the college and NFL coaching ranks combined.

Brian Stewart joins the Lions coaching staff in 2018 with an extensive background on the defensive side of the football, primarily in the secondary. After spending eight consecutive years in the collegiate ranks (2010-17), Stewart re-enters the NFL in 2018 as the Lions defensive backs coach. Prior to Detroit, he most recently served as the defensive coordinator and interim head coach at Rice University in 2017. Stewart brings to Detroit nine seasons of NFL coaching experience and 27 years in the college and NFL coaching ranks combined.

Prior to Rice, Stewart coached at the University of Nebraska for two seasons (2015-16), working with the team’s defensive backs. He joined the Cornhuskers staff after spending three seasons at the University of Maryland (2012-14) where he served as the team’s defensive coordinator. In his three seasons at Maryland, Stewart’s defense tallied more than 30 sacks in two separate seasons, along with helping lead the Terrapins to a pair of bowl appearances. In Stewart’s first year at Maryland in 2012, his defense finished in the top three in the ACC in total defense (21st nationally), rushing defense and pass defense.

After working as a defensive assistant for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009, Stewart returned to the college ranks for the first time in eight years, after being named defensive coordinator at the University of Houston. During his tenure (2010-11), the Cougars finished with a 13-1 record and No. 14 ranking in 2011. Additionally, Houston ranked in the top 15 nationally in red zone scoring, interceptions, tackles for loss, takeaways and opponent completion percentage in 2011. In his second season with the Cougars, Stewart’s secondary featured cornerback, DJ Hayden, after Hayden joined the Cougars as a junior college transfer. In Hayden’s first season under Stewart, he was named Conference USA Defensive Newcomer of the Year before eventually being the 12th overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Prior to Houston, Stewart spent eight years in the NFL, including a two-year stint (2007-08) as the Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator. During his time in Dallas, Stewart’s defense finished in the top 10 in fewest yards allowed in each of his two seasons, respectively, marked by a 13-3 record and NFC East divisional title in 2007. Stewart’s 2007 defense was highlighted by an NFL-best five defensive players named to the Pro Bowl that season. In eight previous NFL seasons, Stewart has helped 14 total players earn Pro Bowl appearances.

Stewart also served as the defensive backs coach with the San Diego Chargers (2004-06). He earned his start as an NFL coach when he served on the Houston Texans coaching staff in the team’s first two seasons as an expansion club (2002-03). He began his coaching career at Cal Poly where he coached wide receivers and running backs from 1992-93. His background as a collegiate coach also includes stints at Missouri (1999-2000), San Jose State (1997-98), Syracuse (2001) and Northern Arizona (1994-95).

A California native, Stewart played defensive back collegiately at Santa Monica City College and Northern Arizona.

Stewart graduated from Northern Arizona in 1995 with a degree in criminal justice. He and his wife, Kimberly, have three daughters, Leila, Mya and Zara.  

 

STEWART’S COACHING BACKGROUND

Detroit Lions................................................................................................. 2018-

      Defensive Backs................................................................................ 2018-

Rice.................................................................................................................... 2017

      Defensive Coordinator...................................................................... 2017

Nebraska......................................................................................................... 2015-16

      Cornerbacks.......................................................................................... 2016

      Defensive Backs................................................................................. 2015

Maryland......................................................................................................... 2012-14

      Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs................................. 2012-14

Houston............................................................................................................ 2010-11

      Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs................................. 2010-11

Philadelphia Eagles.................................................................................. 2009

      Defensive Special Assistant.......................................................... 2009

Dallas Cowboys.......................................................................................... 2007-08

      Defensive Coordinator...................................................................... 2007-08

San Diego Chargers.................................................................................. 2004-06

      Defensive Backs................................................................................. 2004-06

Houston Texans........................................................................................... 2002-03

      Defensive Backs Assistant............................................................ 2002-03

Syracuse......................................................................................................... 2001

      Defensive Backs Assistant............................................................ 2001

Missouri.......................................................................................................... 1999-2000

      Defensive Backs................................................................................. 1999-2000

San Jose State............................................................................................. 1997-98

      Defensive Backs................................................................................. 1997-98

Missouri.......................................................................................................... 1996

      Graduate Assistant............................................................................ 1996

Northern Arizona........................................................................................ 1994-95

      Tight Ends/Special Teams.............................................................. 1994-95

Cal Poly............................................................................................................ 1992-93

      Wide Receivers/Running Backs................................................... 1992-93

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