Nate Stewart named new Director of Athletics at Carthage
Nate Stewart, who has provided effective leadership as a collegiate administrator and coach for more than 15 years, will join Carthage as director of athletics this fall.
Beginning his new role in August, Mr. Stewart will lead the College’s robust Division III intercollegiate athletics program, which supports nearly 800 student-athletes. Operating without a permanent director since December, the College had to pause the search in the early stages of the pandemic. He comes to Carthage at a crucial time, as Carthage Athletics prepares for the safe return of our student-athletes and works to institute new guidelines in light of COVID-19.
Carthage hired Mr. Stewart away from Centre College, a fellow NCAA Division III program in Danville, Kentucky. As deputy director of athletics for the past three years, he’s been actively involved in all facets of the day-to-day operations.
Before that, he was the athletic director at Eastern University in Pennsylvania and Valley City State University in North Dakota.
“Nate Stewart brings to Carthage a truly outstanding background. He’s an experienced athletic leader, he thrives in making strong community connections, and he has established himself as a strongly relational fundraiser on a national scale,” said President John Swallow. “I’m thrilled that he is joining us.”
Mr. Stewart has an affinity for the small, private liberal arts setting and athletics’ supporting role in a holistic education. That stems from his undergraduate studies at Roanoke College in Virginia, where he was a four-year letterwinner in basketball.
With women’s wrestling, women’s bowling, and men’s wrestling scheduled to begin competition in 2020-21, Carthage now offers 27 sports. The program has raised more than 120 banners in the past three decades, each signifying a conference championship or top-eight national finish.
“Carthage has a great reputation, both athletically and academically. I felt an instant connection to the people and the campus and really fell in love with the place,” Mr. Stewart said. “I look forward to getting to Kenosha, rolling up my sleeves, and getting to work.”
Originally from Virginia, Mr. Stewart earned a bachelor’s degree in health and human performance from nearby Roanoke in 2003. He completed a master’s in athletic administration two years later at Marshall University in West Virginia.
He also has extensive coaching experience in men’s basketball, including eight years as an assistant for multiple Division I schools and four years as head coach at D-III Eastern. Taking over a program that had posted a winning record in just three of its previous 19 seasons, he guided the D-III Eagles to a 15-11 record in his first year (2011-12).
As an administrator, Mr. Stewart helped to secure a $250,000 gift for gymnasium renovations at Centre, eliminated a deficit in one year at Valley City State, and oversaw a $1.5 million fitness center renovation at Eastern. But he’s proudest of the accomplishments that don’t show up as bullet points on his resumé.
“To me, it’s all about the relationships I build,” he said. “That’s the thing I’ve enjoyed first and foremost about my job.”
At Carthage, Mr. Stewart will succeed Michelle Manning, who stepped down last year to take a position closer to her family at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. Associate director Kelsey Peterson has ably guided the department in the interim.
The hire culminates a thorough search led by the nationally respected search firm Athletics Staffing and Consultants and a Carthage committee chaired by David Timmerman, provost and chief operating officer. The cross-functional committee also included Nick Mulvey ’02, vice president for enrollment; professors Jacqueline Easley, Michele Hancock, Catherine Lau, and Neil Scharnick ’99; and coaches Brady Lindsley ’95 and Leanne Ulmer.
Mr. Stewart and his wife, Lauren, have two children: Noah, 7, and Reid, 3. He’s set to begin his new duties in mid- to late August.