“Brian Stewart brings a record of success in both the collegiate and professional ranks and will be a great fit at the University of Nebraska,” Nebraska head coach Mike Riley said in a statement. “He has experience coaching and recruiting in all parts of the country, most recently with experience in the Big Ten Conference. We look forward to Brian getting started with our defensive staff and our secondary.”
Last Friday, Keith Cavanaugh of Terrapin Times (Scout.com) joined 93.7 The Ticket in Lincoln to discuss the hire.
A defensive coordinator at three of his last four stops, Stewart was a defensive backs coach for the San Diego Chargers, Houston Texans, Syracuse University, and the University of Missouri during his career.
"I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the Nebraska football program,” Stewart said in the same statement. “The opportunity to coach at Nebraska is awesome. My first impression is ‘wow’. From the weight room to walking down the hallway and seeing the national championship trophies, Nebraska is what you think it is…a football powerhouse.
“The most important thing for me in my coaching career is my family. Coach Riley and his staff have been together so long, and you can just see the loyalty and trust. I’m proud to be a part of that.”
The 50-year old Stewart completes a Nebraska defensive staff that includes four coaches who all have professional coaching or playing experience. The defensive staff has three coaches with coordinator experience, including Stewart, defensive coordinator Mark Banker and defensive line coach Hank Hughes.
Including Stewart, the Nebraska staff has eight coaches with professional coaching experience. The group has a total of 46 years coaching in the professional ranks, including 30 years in the National Football League. The staff also has three coaches with professional playing experience.
Stewart's highest profile job was likely as the Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator during the 2007 and 2008 season. The Cowboys were 22-10 during those two seasons.
Riley also announced that Jon Clark has joined the Nebraska staff as a defensive graduate assistant coach. Clark comes to Nebraska after one season as the secondary coach at East Texas Baptist University. Clark also served as the defensive coordinator at Canyon State Academy and was a student assistant coach for Arizona State. Clark was a letterwinner for the Sun Devil defense as a player.
*** Parts of the Nebraska media relations press release were included in this report ***