Brian Stewart
Houston Roughnecks
Position:Defensive Coordinator
Personal information
Born: (1964-12-04) December 4, 1964 (age 58)
San Diego, California
Career information
High school:Nogales (CA)
College:Northern Arizona
Career history
As a coach:
Coaching stats at PFR

Brian Stewart (born December 4, 1964) is an American football coach who is the Defensive coordinator of the Houston Roughnecks. He was previously the defensive backs coach at Baylor University and defensive coordinator at Rice University for the 2017 season.

Early years

Stewart attended Nogales High School. He accepted a football scholarship from Northern Arizona University. He transferred to Santa Monica City College after his freshman season, when he was ruled academically ineligible. He played both at cornerback and free safety.

He transferred for his junior season back to Northern Arizona University. He played cornerback for the 1986 and 1987 teams.

Coaching career

Cal Poly

Stewart began his collegiate career as an offensive assistant at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, working with the wide receivers in 1993 and the running backs in 1994, when the school won the American West Conference title.

Northern Arizona

In 1995, he coached tight ends and special teams at Northern Arizona University.


In 1996, he was a defensive graduate assistant at the University of Missouri.

San Jose State

From 1997 to 1998, he was the secondary coach at San Jose State University.

Missouri (second stint)

From 1999 to 2000, he was the secondary coach at the University of Missouri.


In 2001, he was the defensive backs coach at Syracuse University under head coach Paul Pasqualoni, contributing to a 10-3 record and the No. 14 ranking in final Associated Press poll.

Houston Texans

In 2002, he began his NFL career as the assistant defensive backs coach with the expansion Houston Texans.

San Diego Chargers

In 2004, he was hired as the secondary coach with the San Diego Chargers under defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.[1]

Dallas Cowboys

In 2007, when Phillips became the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, he named Stewart as the defensive coordinator.

Philadelphia Eagles

In 2009, he was hired as the defensive special assistant with the Philadelphia Eagles.[2]


Stewart held the position of defensive coordinator on the Houston Cougars football team from 2010 to 2011 at the University of Houston.[3]


In 2012, Stewart was hired as the defensive coordinator at the University of Maryland. Stewart's defense was second-ranked in yards per game in the Atlantic Coast Conference and the 21st in the nation.[4]


Stewart was the defensive backs coach at the University of Nebraska from 2015 to 2016.


In 2017, he was the defensive coordinator and interim head coach at Rice University.

Detroit Lions

On February 7, 2018, Stewart was hired by the Detroit Lions as their defensive backs coach of the Detroit Lions under defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni and head coach Matt Patricia.[5]

Baylor Bears

In 2020, Stewart was hired as the cornerbacks coach at Baylor University under head coach Dave Aranda.

Maryland (second stint)

On February 16, 2021, Stewart returned and was hired as the defensive coordinator at the University of Maryland under head coach Mike Locksley, replacing Jon Hoke, who departed to become the secondary coach for the Atlanta Falcons. He left the staff following the season.


In June 2022, It was announced Stewart would become the XFL's Houston Roughnecks Defensive Coordinator.

Personal life

Stewart's family includes wife Kimberly and their children Leila, Mya, and Zara.


  1. ^ Spagnola, Mickey (January 16, 2009). "Cowboys Dismiss DC Brian Stewart After 2 Seasons". Dallas Cowboys. Archived from the original on March 9, 2009. Retrieved January 25, 2010.
  2. ^ "All-Time Coaches" (PDF). Philadelphia Eagles. Retrieved September 23, 2013.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Campbell, Steve (January 25, 2010). "UH hires Stewart as defensive coordinator". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved January 25, 2010.
  4. ^ "Brian Stewart Biography - Maryland Terrapins Athletics - University of Maryland Terps Official Athletic Site". University of Maryland Athletics. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Lions coaching staff update". Detroit Lions. February 7, 2018. Archived from the original on February 7, 2018. Retrieved February 7, 2018.