Aisha Stewart Joins NMSU Women's Basketball Staff

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s basketball program announced a new addition to the staff with the signing of assistant coach Aisha Stewart.

After the addition, NM State women’s basketball head coach Brooke Atkinson said, “Aisha comes to New Mexico State with a number of years of experience at the Division I level. She is a tireless recruiter and great role model for these young women. Aisha has a great energy and presence about her, the people of New Mexico State and Las Cruces will love her.”

Stewart spent the past two years as assistant coach with the North Texas women's basketball team. She also served as recruiting coordinator, academic liaison and guards coach.

During Stewart’s time with the Mean Green, she was able to improve the teams winning percentage in each of the two seasons. During the team’s 2016-17 campaign, they finished 12-19 overall and 8-10 in conference play.

Behind Stewart's scouting and individual work with Mean Green players in her inaugural season in 2015-16, the team finished at 11-19 and more than doubled its win total from a season prior. She was also a pivotal part in the biggest win in program history, when North Texas defeated No. 17 Oklahoma for their first-ever win over a ranked opponent.

Stewart led the North Texas attack as they were awarded with the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Shooting Award for the most improved field-goal percentage in the 2015-16 season. The Mean Green shot 41.7 percent from the field which was a 7.23 percent increase from the prior season.

With Stewart’s guidance, Mean Green guard Kelsey Criner earned a spot on the Conference USA All-Defensive Team. As the academic liaison at North Texas, Stewart helped the team earn the highest team grade point average in program history.

Prior to her time with the Mean Green, Stewart served as assistant coach at Arkansas State with a special emphasis on recruiting and academics.

In 2014-15, the Red Wolves posted a record of 24-11, including a 16-4 mark in Sun Belt Conference play and a 14-1 record in home contests. Arkansas State was one win shy of tying the single-season school record. The Red Wolves went on to play in the WNIT for the second-consecutive season and won their first postseason game since 2007.

The impressive season on the court also saw Stewart lead the Red Wolves in the classroom as the team won the 2014-15 Sun Belt award for posting the highest team GPA.

Before Arkansas State, Stewart was on the South Alabama coaching staff for six seasons. From 2008-14, Stewart helped the Jaguars win 95 games, including a 21-11 record in her first season in Mobile.

Overall, while at USA, she coached seven student-athletes who were named to Sun Belt All-Conference teams and 18 who earned Academic Honor Roll.

Out of high school, Stewart went to Independence Community College in Kansas for two seasons where she was coached by current Wichita State head coach Keitha Adams. The Lady Pirates went 56-7 over those two seasons and led the NJCAA in scoring with 95 points per game.

Following ICC, Stewart went to Jacksonville University for one year and then finished her collegiate career at Catawba College where she graduated in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in sociology. While playing at Catawba, she tied the program record with seven three-pointers made in one game; in addition, the Indians won their conference championship and advanced to nationals.

She earned her master's degree in rehabilitation counseling in 2008 from South Carolina St. while working for two years as a Lady Bulldogs assistant coach.

Originally from Topeka, Kansas, Stewart graduated from Highland Park High School.