Stewart
MSU

MINOT, N.D. -- Minot State Athletic Director Rick Hedberg announced Tuesday that head men’s basketball coach Peter Stewart has resigned his position effective July 20.

Hedberg received noticed from Stewart on Monday after the second-year head coach made the decision to spend more time with his family and to pursue career interests outside the game of basketball.

“We hate to see Peter go, but we respect his decision to spend more time with his young family,” Hedberg said. “We appreciate the work he did with the men’s program over the past two years.”

Stewart, the 14th head coach in school history, guided the program during its final season in the NAIA and through a grueling transition period in 2011-12. Minot State is set to begin its first season as a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and a full member of NCAA Division II this year.

“I think you are constantly weighing your priorities and I have a growing family that wants dad around more,” Stewart said. “It was my intention to coach and be a part of this forever, but things change. I had to re-evaluate my family, faith and friends.

“It will be hard to walk away from a great group of guys. We will still be a part of the program and cheer those guys on, it will just be from a different chair.”

Minot State finished the 2011-12 season with a 4-25 record and Stewart was 17-42 with the Beavers. MISU won a Dakota Athletic Conference first-round playoff game under Stewart in 2010-11, but was not eligible for postseason play in 2011-12 because of its move to Division II. Minot State had two All-DAC players selected during his time as head coach.

“The independent year that we went through was one of the toughest we will face,” Hedberg said. “Our student-athletes spent a lot of time on the road. We are looking forward to having 26 home games between the men’s and women’s basketball teams next winter.”