Bob Stuart: Former Eastmoor, Reynoldsburg football coach was ‘larger-than-life figure’

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Even 35 years after the fact, Brad Burchfield’s memories of meeting his eventual high school coach loom large.

Bob Stuart was, after all, the only high school football head coach to have mentored a two-time Heisman Trophy winner, and 14 City League championships in 29 seasons at Eastmoor padded his legacy even before he arrived at Reynoldsburg in 1988.

“He was a larger-than-life figure … so iconic,” said Burchfield, a 1993 Reynoldsburg graduate who is 152-42 with three state championships in 15 seasons at Hartley. “People have asked me and others if he was that alpha when he walked in the room and everybody just agrees (that he was). He had such a presence. He cast a huge shadow and was a great influence.”

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