Gadsden State Community College
Athletics - Tennis
As the Stewarts begin their 10th season at Gadsden State, there is a sense of excitement around the program. This past season, the Cardinals finished 17th in the nation, and only missed a trip to the National Tournament and a Conference Championship by a single point. Quntel Walker, Jacob Mitchell, and Trey White were named to the All Conference team. In addition, the Cardinals excelled in the classroom finishing in the top ten in the nation again academically; with Aaron Triplett being named Academic All American and Trey White, Jacob Mitchell and Triplett being named ITA Scholar Athletes.
During the past nine seasons, the Cardinals have finished in the Top 20 seven times and the Academic Top 10 seven times. They have claimed two Conference Championships, six times as runner up, and one third place finish.
The Cardinals lost three starters from last year’s Conference runner up team, Aaron Triplett, Nate Moore, and Quntel Walker. Returnees Hayden Clowers, Jacob Mitchell, Trey White, and Zack Moss along with freshmen Colby Hopper, Dakota Harris, Scott Morton, Cedric Boehm and Granger Surrett, should give the Cardinals one of the deepest teams that they have had in several years.
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 and his wife, Paula (Coach P), are both USPTA Professionals and 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 FCA Chaplain at Georgia Tech, resides in Atlanta with his wife Tenly and daughters Perry Rose and Samantha. 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 and resides in Atlanta.
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