Maroons claim head coaching spots

Stewart at Eastern U., Ross at Bates College

Nathan Stewart '03 has joined the Athletics staff at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pa. as the new head men's basketball coach and assistant director of athletic development.

Stewart comes to Eastern from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), where he served as an assistant coach for the Division I Retrievers for five years. Stewart becomes the fifth head men's basketball coach in the Division III history of Eastern University's program.

Stewart played collegiately at Roanoke and graduated with a Health and Human Performance degree. As a senior, the 6-7 center led the Maroons in rebounding (7.1 rpg) and went on to finish the season ranked second in the ODAC in that category. The Christiansburg, Va. native was part of two NCAA Tournament Appearances and an ODAC Championship in 2000 for the Maroons.

His coaching career began as a graduate assistant at Marshall University. From Marshall, Stewart moved to Radford before taking a position with UMBC in 2006. While at UMBC, Stewart was part of a staff that led the Retrievers to an America East title and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2008.

"Nathan will produce winners on and off the court for Eastern," said Page Moir, Roanoke's head men's basketball coach. "I have watched him grow from an outstanding athlete here at Roanoke into a well-rounded, successful coach. He is the total package and will develop a program that all Eagles fans and students will be proud of."

While his role as head basketball coach will be his most visible responsibility, Stewart will also take on significant responsibility as a point person for many of the department's development projects. Brad Fields, Eastern University's director of athletics, said he believes Stewart has the ability and attitude to help the entire department reach new levels.

"I am excited and grateful for this wonderful opportunity," said Stewart, who moved to the St. Davids area with his wife Lauren. "I am looking forward to working with, and getting to know the current players at Eastern University. I want the players in our program to grow each and every day academically, athletically and spiritually."

Kelsy Ross '05 was named in April as the women's head soccer coach at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

Ross, who played soccer and basketball during her college career at Roanoke, is the seventh head coach of Bates' women's soccer team.

Ross, a Maine native, moves to the head coaching position after working as assistant coach. She made an immediate impact on the team in the 2010 season, assisting former head coach Jim Murphy in his final season of leading the team. Under Murphy and Ross, the Bobcats finished the season 6-8-2 overall and made it to the semifinals of the NESCAC Women's Soccer Championship for the first time since 2006.

A graduate of Greely High School in Cumberland, Maine, Ross played varsity soccer and basketball at Roanoke, where she earned a bachelor's degree in sociology with a concentration in communications in 2005. She held various coaching and athletic administration positions at Greely, Cape Elizabeth and Falmouth high schools in recent years while working toward a master's degree in physical education from Springfield College, which she earned this year. At Springfield, Ross worked as a graduate assistant in the athletics department and was head coach of the Pride's junior varsity women's soccer team, which was the runner-up for the NEWMAC conference championship in 2009.

Ross also served as assistant coach of the women's basketball team at Bates in the 2010-11 season, helping Murphy coach the Bobcats to a 17-8 record, their finest since 2006.