Legendary Basketball Coach Kirk Stewart Dies At 70
By Ed Pierce // October 24, 2012
Taught Game To Thousands Of Children
BREVARD COUNTY • TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA – One of the most well-liked and revered basketball coaches on the Space Coast has passed away.
Kirk Stewart, a legendary boys’ basketball coach at Titusville and Astronaut High Schools who also served as coach at Brevard Community College, died Monday at the age of 70 of multiple myeloma in North Carolina.
Stewart graduated from Northwood High School in Silver Spring. Md. and played a year of college basketball for Furman University before transferring to High Point College in North Carolina for the 1962 season.
In three seasons there, he became a prolific scorer and all-around player and set the school’s all-time record of 51 points in a game that still stands to this day.
Stewart also played college baseball at High Point and met his wife, Kay, while attending classes there.
After graduation, Stewart obtained a Master’s Degree from East Carolina University and then served as a graduate assistant and assistant coach for East Carolina’s basketball team.
Moving to Florida, Stewart took the job as athletic director at Titusville High School where he also led the school’s basketball program as boys’ coach. He oversaw the school’s addition of girls’ sports teams following the Title IX decision in 1972.
As Terriers’ coach, Stewart guided Titusville to state playoff appearances in 1975 and 1977.
He spent eight successful years at Titusville High before taking the job as men’s basketball coach for the Brevard Community College Titans. He led BCC to four conference titles (1979, ’80, ’81, ’83) and a back-to-back state championships (’79, ’80) from 1978-1985.
In 1983, he gave up the BCC post to serve as an assistant coach for the United Arab Emirates men’s basketball team.
Starting in 1986, Stewart returned to coaching high school basketball at Astronaut High in Titusville until his retirement in 2004. His War Eagles teams reached the state tournament in 1987, 1996 and in 2000.
In all, Stewart won 370 games as a high school coach.
He continued to teach basketball through this summer, when he led his “Tomorrow’s Stars” youth basketball camp in Titusville. Over the years, he taught the game to thousands of children and also served as a referee.
He is survived by his wife Kay, two daughters, Cheryl and Wendy, and three grandchildren.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Park Avenue Baptist Church in Titusville.