Several coaches offered their prayers, including Xavier's Travis Steele and Louisville assistant Luke Murray. In 2014, he became the assistant coach at UT Martin. He emphasized the meaning of a college degree and instilled professionalism in each of his student-athletes.
Stewart had been the head coach of the Skyhawks since 2016, when he was promoted from associate head coach to the top spot to replace Heath Schroyer. Prior to that, he was an assistant at Ohio, Southern Illinois, Wyoming and Long Beach State.
A native of Akron, Ohio, Stewart played college basketball and baseball at Division III Mount Union in Ohio and the Purple Raiders paid tribute to him on Twitter. The 21 wins was a 13-win improvement from the previous season, and they had the fourth-best turnaround in all of Division-I basketball.
"What I will remember most about Coach Stewart was his focus in developing our young men to be leaders in their community, leaders in the workforce and leaders in their homes", UT Martin Chancellor Dr. Keith Carver said.
Anthony Stewart becoming the head coach at UT Martin in 2016Anthony Steward led UT Martin to a 22-13 record in his first season as head coach.
An interim head coach has not been announced yet. That was the third-highest total among the 29 first-year head coaches in Division I. He initially enrolled at Pittsburgh, but transferred to UT-Martin to play for his father.
There has not been any information on the cause of death at this time.
Stewart had been texting with Stadium's Jeff Goodman earlier on Sunday morning, and nothing seemed out of the ordinary. According to an article from Yahoo Sports!
In his final tweet, before he passed away, Stewart urged athletes and others to be more serious regarding the coronavirus. The UT Martin basketball team is going through a hard time right now, and so is the entire university.
Meanwhile, Maine basketball coach Bob Walsh called Stewart "the best of what college basketball is about".