t was all about familiarity and family in Brian Stewart's decision.
Stewart was named the new head football coach at Briarcrest replacing Major Wright who was fired after six seasons after posting a 38-30 record.
The Saints were the runner up in Division II-AA West region behind champion Memphis University School this year but finished 4-7.
Stewart grew up in Independence, Mississippi and his mom passed away last year and he was looking for a way to get back closer to his dad.
And Briarcrest gave him that chance, it also didn't hurt that Stewart had previously worked at Briarcrest helping current Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze from 1996-2002.
During his time at Briarcrest, the Saints won 69 games and made five state title game appearances winning the 2002 Division II-AA state title.
"For me it was about getting back close to home and working at a place that I'm familiar with," Stewart said.
"My dad is only about 30 minutes away and Carly Powers (current Briarcrest AD) was on the staff with me and he's a good man to work with and to play in such a competitive division is a huge draw as well."
Stewart had been the head football and baseball coach at Middle Tennessee Christian in Murfreesboro.
He guided MTCS to a Class 2A playoff appearance this season and a 6-5 record after going 1-19 in his first two seasons.
Before going to MTCS, Stewart had a successful six year run at Jackson Christian where he accumulated a 38-23 record and a Class 1A state title in 2006.
"Coach Stewart brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to this position," Briarcrest a President a Mark Merrill said.
"We are pleased to have him rejoin our staff at Briarcrest and we are excited about his leadership in continuing to enhance what is already a strong athletic program at Briarcrest."
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