PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
It was announced today (May 30) by Providence College Athletics Director Bob Driscoll that men’s soccer Head Coach Craig Stewart has signed at long-term contract extension. In eight seasons as a head coach (five at Providence, three at Franklin Pierce), Stewart has led his teams to a 106-43-17 record, including six trips to the NCAA Tournament.
“We believe Craig is one of the top soccer coaches in the nation and we are excited that he will continue to lead our men’s soccer program,” Driscoll said. “In two of the last three seasons, Craig has guided our team deep into the NCAA Tournament as the Friars advanced to the College Cup in 2014 [Semifinals] and the Elite Eight [Quarterfinals] in 2016. He also has led our team to a BIG EAST title  and a BIG EAST Regular Season title . Craig is such a dynamic leader. He has a high knowledge of the game and an ability to get the most out of his team. Those qualities, as well as his skill at recruiting at a high level, have made him a top-level collegiate soccer coach.”
Stewart is the most succesful soccer coach all-time at Providence College. In five seasons, he has led the Friars to three NCAA Tournament appearances (2013, 2014 and 2016), a BIG EAST Tournament title (2014) and a BIG EAST Regular Season title (2016). In two of the last three seasons, Stewart has guided the Friars to the NCAA College Cup (2014) and the NCAA Elite Eight (2016). During those five seasons at Providence, the Friars have posted a 55-35-11 mark (.599) overall and a 24-17-3 record (.580) in BIG EAST play. In 2016, Stewart and his assistant coaches earned the BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year honors.
While at Providence, Stewart has coached four MLS Draft Picks, two All-Americans (Phil Towler - Third Team, Julian Gressel - First Team), one NCAA College Cup Most Outstanding Offensive Player (Mac Steeves), one BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year (Gressel), one BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year (Colin Miller), 12 All-BIG EAST honorees and eight BIG EAST All-Rookie Team honorees.
“It is a great honor to lead the men’s soccer program at Providence College,” Stewart said. “I wish to thank Bob Driscoll and Father Shanley for the opportunity and the continued support along the way. I feel very fortunate to work alongside such a great team of coaches, support staff and administrators who provide our student-athletes the platform to be successful both on and off the field. With Anderson Stadium quickly becoming one of the top college soccer venues in the country, we feel we have everything we need to compete for a National Championship and hopefully we can continue to make our alumni, school and community proud in our pursuit of that goal.”
Stewart’s first head coaching job was at Franklin Pierce from 2009-11. In three seasons, Stewart led Franklin Pierce to a 51-8-6 overall record, two Northeast-10 Conference championships (regular season and tournament), two trips to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals and one trip to the Final Four. Stewart also coached four players who combined to win six player-of-the-year awards from either the conference or regional committees. In addition, he guided the Ravens to an undefeated record (24-0-2) in the Northeast-10 Conference during his final two seasons.
Prior to Franklin Pierce, Stewart served as an assistant coach at Providence College for three seasons (2006-08) under Chaka Daley. While at Providence, Stewart helped the Friars to consecutive NCAA Tournament berths and a trip to the 2006 BIG EAST Semifinals. Stewart spent the 2005 season as an assistant coach at Northeastern University.
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