Greg Stewart, entering his 12th year heading the Oregon Tech softball team, led his 2011 squad to the programs first-ever NAIA National Championship with the 2015 team finishing 4th at the NAIA Softball World Series.
In 11 seasons Stewart's teams have amassed an impressive 386-161-2 mark, including six Cascade Collegiate Conference championships (2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015), to go with a trio of runner-up finishes (2005, 2007, 2013).
Oregon Tech wrapped up the 2015 campaign with a 47-16 overall mark and 22-6 in CCC action. The Owls would move on to the NAIA National Softball Championship for the fourth time in the past five seasons. Tech’s 47 wins in 2015 tied the all-time school-record for victories in a season (1997), and their fourth place finish at the Softball World Series was their second-best showing behind the 2011 NAIA championship team.
The Owls, ranked No. 17 in this year’s preseason NAIA Softball Coaches Top 25 Poll, jumped to the No. 4 position in the postseason national poll to end the season. During the 2015 season Oregon Tech was twice ranked No. 13, moving to No. 12 for five consecutive weeks heading into postseason action.
Along the way the Owls earned the 2015 Cascade Collegiate Conference regular season title, while placing second in the CCC tournament championship. Oregon Tech hosted the NAIA Opening Round, defeating, then, fifth-ranked St. Xavier University 5-4 in the championship game of the Oregon Tech Bracket, sending the Owls to the 2015 NAIA Softball World Series and a 4th place finish. (The 2015 team pictured after Opening Round title).
In 2011 Stewart was named NAIA Coach of the Year, the first Cascade Collegiate Conference school coach to be honored as the NAIA softball coach of the year. Stewart and his 2011 staff including long-time assistant Bill Fagan were also named the 2011 NFCA NAIA National Coaching Staff of the Year. Stewart was a Region I Coach of the Year in 2006 and 2008 and earned Cascade Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015. Stewart's 2011 Oregon Tech team became the first team in the CCC to win the softball national championship in the 31-year history of the event.
The Texas native grew up in Houston then headed north to Sterling College (Kansas) where he received a degree in accounting while playing four years of baseball. As a senior Stewart garnered first team all-conference and team MVP recognition. After assisting in football and baseball Greg took the head baseball job at Sterling in the fall of 1997. In 1999 the Warriors won the KCAC title and received a Great Plains regional tournament berth. After four years as the head coach at Sterling, Greg moved on to Virginia where he took the head baseball job at Bluefield College during the 2002 and 2003 seasons. In 2003 the Rams of Bluefield recorded their first winning season in six years.
Greg's lovely wife, Nellie, is the Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Oregon Tech. Greg is the proud father of three daughters, Aubrey 15, Lindey 8, and step-daughter, Lanie 7.