Norm Stewart was an American college basketball coach. He coached at the University of Northern Iowa (then known as State College of Iowa) from 1961 to 1967, but is best known for his career with the University of Missouri from 1967 until 1999. He retired with an overall coaching record of 731-375 in 38 seasons. The court at Mizzou Arena (and previously at the Hearnes Center) is named in his honor.
Coaching Achievements at Missouri
- 9 Big 8 Conference regular-season championships
- 6 Big Eight Conference post-season tournaments.
- 16 NCAA Division I Men's Tournament appearances, including two elite eights.
- 5 National Invitation Tournament (NIT) post-season tournament appearances.
- 1 Collegiate Commissioners Association Tournament post-season tournament appearance.
- Lifetime record of 634-333 (11th best mark in NCAA Division I history)
In 1989, Stewart was diagnosed with colon cancer, missing the final 14 games of the 1989-90 season. He underwent invasive surgery and chemotherapy and was able to return to coaching the following season.
Stewart's assistant, Rich Daly, took over as interim coach for the rest of the season, but Missouri credits the entire season to Stewart.
Stewart is the founder and a member of the council of Coaches vs. Cancer.
Hall of Fame
In 2007 Stewart was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. Norm Stewart is the only person in Mizzou history to be inducted into the University of Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame as both a student-athlete and coach.