As the Stewarts begin their 13th season at Gadsden State, there will be a lot of new faces. This past season, the Cardinals’ finished 25th in the nation led by Kevin Triplett, Jacob McAllister, Chris Millsap and Paul Taylor who were named to the Region 22 All Conference team. In addition, the Cardinals excelled in the classroom finishing 10th in the nation academically; with Triplett being named NJCAA Academic All American. In addition, Triplett and Matt Wade were named ITA Scholar Athletes.
During the past twelve seasons, the Cardinals have finished in the Top 25 nine times and the Academic Top 10 eleven times. They have claimed two Conference Championships, eight runner up finishes, and two third place finishes.
The Cardinals lose five players from last year’s team,Kevin Triplett, Jacob McAllister, Matt Wade, Chris Millsap, and Kyle Cavender. Returnees Paul Taylor and Jered Scarbrough will be joined by nine new Cardinals.
Coach Stewart played his college tennis at Gadsden State (1971-1973) and Shorter College (1973-1975). During these four years, he was 118-42 in singles matches, 108-40 in doubles, and was named All Conference three out of four years. Coach Stewart participated in the National Tournament three of his four seasons; with his Shorter team finishing 9th in the nation in 1975. Coach Stewart was named ITA Region IV Coach of the Year in 2008, and NJCAA Region 22 Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2011. Coach Stewart received his 30 years as a USPTA Professional award in 2013.
Coach Stewart and Paula (Coach P.) were both formerly ranked in the Top 10 in the State of Alabama. The Stewarts served as volunteer tennis coaches at Southside High School for twelve seasons. Thirteen students earned college tennis scholarships during their tenure. The Stewarts also serve as Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Huddle Leaders here at Gadsden State. The Stewarts have two sons: Taylor, a USPTA tennis teaching professional and youth minister, resides in Guntersville with his wife Tenly and daughters Perry Rose and Samantha. Taylor will be serving again this season as a Volunteer Assistant Coach. Trey, who was a member of the 2005 Cardinals team, is a graduate of Auburn University. Trey earned his USPTA certification in 2009 and works as a talent acquisition manager for Home Depot in Atlanta.
The Cardinals are excited to welcome Matt Wade this year as a Volunteer Assistant Coach. Matt is from Boaz, Alabama and a two year starter for the Cardinals. He is currently enrolled at Jacksonville State University.
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