In February 2013, Asbury University announced the addition of both men's and women's lacrosse as the 15th and 16th athletic programs for the University.
In July, Josh Stewart garnered the honors of starting the Asbury program from scratch. A Maryland native and Messiah College lacrosse alumni, Stewart has been involved in the game of lacrosse for nearly 20 years, including the two years as an assistant at Messiah. Although only an assistant at Messiah, Stewart was often tabbed with recruiting, planning practices, and running training sessions for the Falcons during his two-year stint.
In his playing days for Messiah, Stewart was an All-MAC Conference goalie in 2010 as a captain, completing the season with a 5.6 GAA and a save percentage that ranked second-best in the nation (.689). Stewart led his team to a 21-13 record as a starter, as the Falcons advanced to the MAC Conference Tournament in both seasons.
As an assistant coach, the Falcons went 13-15 in two seasons, including 8-8 in a competitive Commonwealth conference. Stewart served primarily as the defensive coordinator and goalie coach for the Falcons. Additionally, he was charged with running the Falcons' summer camps which brought in nearly 200 kids annually.
Stewart comes to Asbury after receiving his Master's of Arts in Collegiate Sports Administration (Higher Education) from Messiah in 2013. He also received his BA of Arts while majoring in Sport Management from Messiah in 2011.
Coach Stewart and his wife, Nicki, reside in Wilmore with their two daughter, Avery and Teagan.