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Coach J.P. Stewart

The 2022 season completed Coach J.P. Stewart’s 20th season as the head men’s lacrosse coach at Virginia Wesleyan. He has compiled 139 wins, the most victories ever by a Virginia Wesleyan men’s lacrosse coach.

The 2022 season saw the Marlins go 5-11 overall and 2-8 in the ODAC, arguably one of the most difficult conferences nationally in men’s lacrosse with teams regularly ranked in the top 20. VWU collected a 61.2% shot-on-goal percentage with 176 goals scored during the season. Junior Mark Sprague (41) and senior Chris Lindemeyer (30) totaled 71 goals between the two, with Joey Rayman adding 23. Keeper Josh van Zuylen ranked seventh in the ODAC in saves on the season with 161.

Just three years after a two-win season, Stewart turned around the men’s lacrosse program, winning 11 games in the 2008 season to earn ODAC Coach of the Year and State Coach of the Year honors. The 2008 season saw Stewart lead the Marlins to their first-ever appearance in the ODAC championship game.

The 2015 season was just as impressive for Stewart, earning another ODAC Coach of the Year honor as the Marlins went 10-6, including a program-best 7-2 in ODAC play. The second-place finish in the regular season also set a new best in program history.

Stewart has shown the ability to develop high-level talent throughout his career, coaching 15 All-Americans, seven at the Division I level and eight at the Division III level. He has coached 42 All-ODAC honorees, highlighted by a program record of seven honorees in 2008, 15 All-State players, and five players selected to the NCAA Division III North-South All-Star Game.

Prior to his time as head coach at Virginia Wesleyan, Stewart served as an assistant coach for the nationally-ranked University of North Carolina program for three years, coaching an additional year on staff at Colorado College. His coaching career began as an assistant at Virginia Wesleyan in 1997.

Stewart coached the South team in the USILA North-South Game and currently serves on the USILA Division III All-American Committee and holds a position on the USILA Executive Board as one of two coaches who represent Division III.

He is also on the Division III Regional Advisory Committee and serves as Director of Marlin Lacrosse Camps at www.marlinlaxcamps.com and 757 Select Lacrosse at www.757selectlacrosse.com.

He competed at Hampden-Sydney College where he was named an All-ODAC Academic Team selection while helping the team to an NCAA Tournament berth as a senior. He graduated with a bachelor’s in history in 1995.

He resides in Virginia Beach with his daughters Jane, Jill, and Julia.