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April 26 - BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will host its annual end of the year banquet Sunday, April 29th, and the keynote speaker will be former West Virginia University head football coach Bill Stewart.

The Banquet will be held at Benedum Commons on the Bethany Campus Sunday at 5 p.m. It will feature a buffet dinner and awards presented by the athletic department’s SAAC recognizing the accomplishments and honors earned by Bethany student-athletes over the last year. The NCAA mandates every institution has a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee to give a voice for student-athletes and the group includes one member of every varsity program at Bethany.

Headlining the banquet program is Stewart, who was the head coach at WVU for three seasons as part of a coaching career that spanned more than 35 years. His early coaching stops included assistant positions at Salem College, the University of North Carolina, Marshall University, William & Mary, Arizona State and the Air Force Academy before he was named head coach at Virginia Military Institute from 1994-96.

After a three-year stint with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League, Stewart, a native of New Martinsville, W.Va., returned home as an assistant coach at WVU in 2000. In 2007, he led the Mountaineers to a Fiesta Bowl victory over Oklahoma and served as head coach for the next three seasons. He led WVU to a 28-12 record over that time, a share of the Big East championship in 2010 and two more AP Top 25 finishes.

Following Stewart’s comments Sunday, awards will be presented for a variety of accomplishments, including Newcomers of the Year, Comeback Team of the Year, Bison Backer of the Year and Men’s and Women’s Team of the Year. The final award will be the Derek Hoffman Awards, which are presented to the Male and Female Senior Student-Athletes who through their athletic performance and support of the overall athletic program best embody the spirit of Bethany College.