Jody Stewart enters his third year with the Georgetown University track & field program. In August 2011, Stewart was promoted to being the men's and women's sprints, hurdles, and jumps coach. Since Stewart's arrival to the Hilltop, he has made an immediate impact in the resurgence of the sprints, hurdles, and jumps program.
During the 2012 outdoor season, Stewart coached four athletes to Olympic Trial qualifying marks. Both Amanda Kimbers and London Finley participated in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials. Kimbers competed in the 100-meter dash after achieving the automatic standard by running 11.25 and setting a new school record. Finely competed in the Olympic Trials after achieving the provisional mark of 56.67 in the 400-meter hurdles, which was also a new school record. Biyerem Okengwu and Toby Ulm also achieved Olympic Trial qualifying standards. Okengwu achieved the U.S. provisional standard by running 13.98 in the 110-meter hurdles. Ulm a Great Britain native, achieved his countries provisional standard in the 400-meter hurdles with a mark of 50.89.
For Stewart, the 2012 outdoor season also included other outstanding performances. Finely achieved All-America honors after being a finalist in the NCAA 400-meter hurdles and being a part of the NCAA qualifying 4x400-meter relay team. Finley also won the BIG EAST Championship and broke the BIG EAST Conference record in the 400-meter hurdles. The women's 4x400-meter relay consisting of Tenille Stoudenmire, Finley, Chelesea Cox, and Kimbers had an unprecedented season by running the fastest outdoor 4x400-meter relay in 10 years at 3:35.8. The quartet went on to achieve Second Team All-America honors after participating in the NCAA Championship and winning the 2012 BIG EAST 4x400-meter conference title. Kimbers' outstanding performance at the BIG EAST Championship led her to a second-place finish in the 200 meters and a new school record of 23.28. Additionally, the sprints group had five athletes compete in the NCAA preliminary round and eight athletes who received All-BIG EAST Outdoor honors. Stewart coached the men's 4x400-meter relay to their fastest time in 10 years at 3:09.4.
During the 2012 indoor season, the women's program won the BIG EAST Conference Championship. The coaching staff received indoor staff of the year honors. The women's 4x400-meter relay won their second-consecutive BIG EAST indoor title. Amanda Kimbers was the BIG EAST Runner-Up in the 200 meters and was third in the 60-meter dash, while breaking the school record with a time of 7.43 during the preliminaries. Kimbers was also a member of the All-America distance medley relay that placed fourth at the NCAA Championships. Overall, eight athletes received All-BIG EAST Indoor honors.
During the 2011 season, Stewart assisted with the sprints, hurdles, and jumps program. During that time, Stewart coached and assisted in the development of four All-BIG EAST athletes and a championship 4x400-meter relay squad. Prior to his arrival on the Hilltop, Stewart spent two seasons as the sprints, hurdles, and jumps coach at Bowling Green State University. While at Bowling Green, Stewart recruited one of the top sprint classes in the Mid-American Conference, coached four top-10 all-time school performances and developed multiple Mid-American Conference scorers.
Prior to Bowling Green, Stewart had successful coaching stints as an assistant at Northwood University and his alma mater Ashland University, where he worked with the sprints, hurdles, and jump groups. During that time, he coached an NCAA Division II hurdle All-American, three conference champions, and multiple all-conference athletes and relay teams.
As a collegiate athlete, Stewart attended Ashland University, where he was a four-time NCAA Division II All-American, four-time Academic All-American, four-time Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Champion and the 2003 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Most Valuable Performer.
Stewart graduated with a bachelor's degree in health education from Ashland University in 2006 and earned his master's degree in sports management from Cleveland State University in 2008. He also holds Level II Certifications in the sprints, hurdles, relays, jumps, and combined events from USA Track & Field.
Jody and his wife Amber reside in Alexandria, Va.