Josh Stewart takes over Wildcat cross country & track programs

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Johnson & Wales University has announced the hiring of Josh Stewart as the Wildcats' interim head coach for cross country and track and field.

Stewart takes over for Chris Sandefur after Sandefur recently became an assistant at Maryville University.

"I can't wait to get started and continue building on our success from last year," Stewart said. "I think it will be great for our student-athletes to have a familiar face leading these programs."

Stewart joined the JWU Denver cross country and track & field teams as a volunteer assistant at the start of the 2018-19 academic year. Stewart helped the Wildcat men's cross country team finish third at its first SCAC Championship meet in the fall of 2018. In the spring of 2019, he helped John Jacob earn all-conference honors with a runner-up finish in the 10,000-meter run at the SCAC Track and Field Championships.

A USATF Level 1 Certified coach and official, Stewart earned his bachelor's and master's degrees, both with honors, at Liberty University in Virginia.  He has coached at several high schools in the Virginia and Colorado areas, most recently at Northfield High School, and has had several runners earn state-wide recognition.

He is also still active in the sport and has recently posted performances of 33:05 in the 10K and 1:12.37 in the half marathon.