Jaylynn Stewart is preparing for her second season as Eureka's women's basketball head coach.
In her first season as Eureka head coach, she helped bring in 16 new players to the team, creating a new culture around the program and guiding the Red Devils to the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals for the eighth time since 2012, including their first first SLIAC Tournament victory since 2017.
At season's end, Abby Stotler was named to the All-SLIAC Second Team, Olivia Falls was named to the Third Team and to the SLIAC All-Tournament Team, Marissa Murphy was selected to the All-Defensive Team and Shakaya Rogers was voted SLIAC Sixth Woman of the Year. Off the court, Lauren Ausmus and Whitney Bozarth were named to the SLIAC All-Academic Team.
Stewart was named Eureka College women's basketball head coach on April 16, 2020. She was appointed Senior Woman Administrator on July 1, 2021.
Stewart, a 2014 EC alum, is the 13th head coach in program history. The accomplished former Red Devil returned to Eureka after spending five prolific seasons as a Division III women’s basketball assistant coach at La Roche University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Since 2015, Stewart has helped the Red Hawks capture four regular-season conference titles and clinch three NCAA Tournament bids.
A former two-year letterwinner who made 45 appearances for the Red Devils, Stewart doesn’t just have strong familiarity ‘Neath the Elms. She’s also experienced her share of success in maroon and gold.
At Eureka, Stewart led the Red Devils to back-to-back SLIAC Tournaments, including a championship game appearance in 2012, and earned All-SLIAC honors in 2013. She was also a member of the EC softball team in 2012.
Stewart graduated from EC with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training in 2014, and attained her master’s in human resource management at La Roche in 2019.
In addition to her Division III experience, Stewart also has a rich history within high school and college basketball in central Illinois.
Stewart began her collegiate career at NCAA Division I Illinois State and appeared in 26 games for the Redbirds from 2009-11. Prior to that, she was a two-time All-State selection at Taylorville High School in 2008 and 2009. And, before she became a college basketball coach, Stewart cut her teeth as a varsity assistant at East Peoria High School during the 2014-2015 season.
She was also an assistant coach for the Pittsburgh Steel City Queens in the semi-professional Women’s American Basketball Association in 2018.
At La Roche, Stewart handled a variety of roles, including head of scouting and head of social media. There, she benefitted from her versatility as a player who could play every position on the floor, serving as the staff’s guard coach for three years and post coach for two.
She was also responsible for recruiting local talent, running film sessions, running films sessions, organizing team road trips and monitoring players’ academic progress.
In five seasons, Stewart coached two Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Players of the Year, three AMCC Defensive Players of the Year and five of the top 10 scorers in La Roche program history.
The Red Hawks qualified for the AMCC Tournament five times and made it to the AMCC Tournament championship four times.