Douglas Stewart coached the University of Pennsylvania soccer team from its inauguration as a varsity sport in 1910 until his retirement in 1943.  Over that 33 year stretch, he compiled a 236-109-42 record (.664 winning percentage).

 

Stewart’s teams won 11 championships, coming in 1914, 1916, 1919, 1920, 1923, 1924, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1935.  After taking over the program in its infancy, Stewart’s success and the growing popularity of soccer led to the University Council on Athletics’ decision to give the program major sport status in 1920.

 

Following Penn’s 1924 title, the championship tournament was suspended, and Penn was awards the Intercollegiate Cup based on the number of championships garnered.  From that time on, Penn’s titles came on the basis of overall record.

 

Impressively, Stewart was able to form these top-notch teams with athletes with little or no secondary school experience.  Soccer at this time was not taught in most preparatory schools.

 

In 1943, the University dedicated Stewart Field behind the Hollenback facility.