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As the Stewarts begin their 11th season at Gadsden State, there will be a lot of new faces. This past season, the Cardinals’ Zack Moss, Cederic Boehm, 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 Trey White and Jacob Mitchell being named Academic All Americans and Granger Surrett, White, and Mitchell being named ITA Scholar Athletes. Trey White was awarded the Allen-Ray Award on Honor’s Day, which is one of the highest honors achievable by a Gadsden State student. Trey completed his two years at Gadsden State with a perfect 4.0 GPA.


During the past ten seasons, the Cardinals have finished in the Top 25 seven times and the Academic Top 10 eight times. They have claimed two Conference Championships, six runner up finishes, and two third place finishes.


The Cardinals lost three starters from last year’s team, Hayden Clowers, Jacob Mitchell, and Zack Moss. Returnees Dakota Harris, Cedric Boehm, Granger Surrett, and Jordan Younghouse will be joined by Kevin Triplett, Jacob McAllister, Matt Wade, Michael Bizilia, Chris Millsap, Kyle Cavender, and Tyler Woods.


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 joining the coaching staff this year 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 management recruiter for Home Depot in Atlanta.




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