Natasha Stewart, a coach and educator with 27 years of experience at both the high school and collegiate level, has been named Director of Athletics for Irving ISD. She joins Coach Michael Luttrell, who was recently promoted to serve as the district’s Executive Director of Athletics, in leading the district’s athletic programs.

“It is bittersweet to leave MacArthur High School while returning to the athletic world that was fundamental in shaping my personal and professional life,” says Stewart. “I am elated about this next phase of my leadership journey as the Director of Athletics in this great district. I look forward to helping create purpose-centered culture, focusing on leadership development and connecting our district to the Irving community to positively impact the lives of students through athletics.”

“It is an honor to name Natasha Stewart as the first female administrator of the Irving ISD Athletics Department,” says Superintendent of Schools Magda A. Hernández, who was named the district’s first female superintendent in 2018. “She brings to the position a wealth of experience as an educator, coach and administrator. Not to mention, her energy and passion for those she serves, our amazing students, is exceptional. I have no doubt she will broaden her positive impact and take our athletic programs to even greater heights.”

Stewart most recently served as the principal of Irving ISD’s MacArthur High School, since 2021. She was also principal at the district’s Bowie Middle School from 2018 to 2021 and an assistant principal in Mansfield ISD for five years.

Before her service in administration, Stewart coached and taught at the high school level for five years. She began her career as a science teacher and head girls’ basketball and cross country coach at Eastern Hills High School in Fort Worth ISD. She held the same roles at Kennedale High School in Kennedale ISD, where her basketball teams were area and regional finalists. She then served as girls’ athletic coordinator and head basketball coach at Mansfield High School in Mansfield ISD, where her responsibilities included managing athletic facilities, supervising athletic personnel and students, overseeing athletic program/booster budgets, organizing and conducting athletic program professional development, scheduling administrator/worker schedules for athletic events and cultivating partnership between athletic personnel and all campus personnel.

At the collegiate level, she was the assistant women’s basketball coach and recruiting coordinator for Howard College and Emporia State University for a collective four years. In these roles, she promoted the women’s basketball program through mail outs, brochures and appearances; generated schedules and calendars for recruiting; organized travel arrangements for staff and recruits; and assisted the head coach with management of the basketball program.

Stewart earned a Master of Science in Health, Physical Education and Recreation from Emporia State University and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a minor in Biology from West Texas A&M University.