Bruce Stewart joined Old Dominion in 2007 as Senior Associate Athletics Director at Old Dominion University where he spearheaded the Monarchs revival of the football program which has become the model for start-up football programs across the country. In addition to his responsibilities with the Monarch football program, Stewart also serves as the primary administrator for women's lacrosse, men's & women's tennis, men's & women's golf, and sailing, as well as overseeing the functional areas of Strength & Conditioning, Equipment Operations, Events and Facilities.
The Monarchs' Senior Associate Athletic Director has guided the football program from FCS and the Colonial Athletic Association to FBS and Conference USA.
Stewart has helped Old Dominion reach new heights with the return of its football program, including a pair of FCS playoff appearances and a No. 6 national ranking to conclude the 2012 season. ODU has sold out all 41 home games in its six years of existence and hosts its first power–five school in 2015 when the Monarchs host NC State.
He oversaw the undertaking of ODU's brand new $67.5 million S.B. Ballard Stadium, as the project was complete in just nine months, in time for ODU's 2019 opener against cross-town foe, Norfolk State. Stewart has also directed the building of the $17 million dollar Powhatan Sports Complex, the state-of-the-art home for ODU's football program as well as the women's lacrosse program, and nine-time national champion field hockey program. The Powhatan Sports Complex has attracted much attention as it hosted the US Field Hockey Team's match-up with international powerhouse Argentina during the summer of 2012 as well as the NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship in November of 2012 and 2013.
Other Old Dominion athletic facilities have been added and upgraded during Stewart's tenure including new home homes for the Monarchs' wrestling and academic advising programs in the Jim Jarrett Athletic Administration Building as well as expanded Strength and Conditioning and Athletic Training Facilities and the construction of the 74,00 square foot Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center and the 9,400 two-story ODU Rowing Center as well as the new sailing pier at the ODU Sailing Center. Upgrades have been made to the Monarchs' Soccer Complex with brand new coaches' offices, locker rooms, and meetings spaces, and a new video board, enhanced signage, and addition of "Rally Alley" have helped add to the fan experience at the Bud Metheny Baseball Complex. Stewart and his staff are also getting prepared for the new crowning jewel in ODU's athletic facility with the fundraising efforts and future ground breaking of the Basketball Practice Facility that will one day house ODU's men's and women's basketball programs.
Under Stewart's direction, ODU has also showcased its facilities and staff in the hosting of numerous events on campus including the Division I NCAA Women's Basketball First and Second Rounds and Regionals, the CAA Field Hockey Championship, the Conference USA Men's & Women's Tennis Championships, and high school championships from the Hampton Roads area.
Stewart joined Old Dominion after a nine-year stint at Coastal Carolina University, in which he served as the Senior Associate Athletics Director. Prior to his promotion, he was the Associate Athletic Director of Finance. He played a key role in helping the Chanticleers add football as a varsity sport at the university as the Assistant Athletic Director for Internal Operations.
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Stewart held numerous other responsibilities in his first four years at Coastal Carolina. During his tenure, he was the administrator for several of the school's athletic fund-raising events and was an integral part of the game management and promotions for the department. He also served as an adjunct professor in the Wall College of Business, teaching a business law course.
Stewart attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, earning his bachelor of arts in psychology in 1994. He furthered his educational training at The Ohio State University by completing a J.D./M.A. degree program, a four-year program that combined studies in law with sport management. While completing his law and master's degree, he was published in The Journal of Sport Management and The Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport. He was a three-sport standout in high school at the Columbus Academy, competing in football, basketball and track.