CASTLETON, Vt. – Castleton University head baseball coach Ted Shipley announced John Stewart as the newest member of the Spartans' coaching staff on Thursday afternoon.
Stewart, who will take over as the Spartans' pitching coach, comes to Castleton following an illustrious career behind-the-scenes in professional baseball, spending 30 years as a Major League Baseball scout for the Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres.
"Joining the Castleton coaching staff gives me a chance to work with knowledgeable, aggressive coaches that have a goal to win a championship," said Stewart. "Ted [Shipley] and myself played against each other when we were young, and we have kept in touch through the years working camps together and scouting players."
Stewart, a native of Granville, New York, had a standout high school career, leading his team to four Sectional Championships before attending college at Georgia Tech. During his 1985 season with the Yellow Jackets, Stewart led the team in strikeouts per nine innings (11.57) and earned-run average (2.95). He was a member of back-to-back Atlantic Coast Conference championship teams in 1985 and 1986 prior to graduation.
The left-hander was drafted by the Atlanta Braves out of Georgia Tech, playing for seven seasons with the organization before spending time in both Japanese and Mexican professional baseball.
Castleton opens its season with a six-game road trip in California February 22 through 27.