Stewart Smith, better known as Stew, came to Maryland by way of the Naval Academy in 1987 and graduated in 1991. Stew and his wife, Denise, have lived in Severna Park since 1998, when he resigned his commission as a Naval Officer after eight years of service in the Navy SEAL Teams. Stew has built a freelance writing career since leaving the Navy and specializes in military, police, and fire fighter fitness training, also known as Tactical Fitness. He has written over 40 fitness books and over 800 fitness and military articles on websites such as Miilitary.com and About.com.
One day while swimming at the Community Center, Stew started helping a young man trying to swim a stroke used by Navy SEALs and other special ops training programs. From that moment in 2003, the Heroes of Tomorrow has grown to become a program where Stew donates over 600 hours a year training thousands of young men and women seeking to serve our country and communities in the military, law enforcement, and fire-fighting programs.
Stew and Denise have donated hundreds of hours to Archbishop Spalding and St. John the Evangelist schools. Stew also coaches the Naval Academy Special Ops Team, a club of Midshipmen seeking to serve in SEAL, EOD, and Marine Corps units in their future. He also volunteers his time as a strength and conditioning coach at Spalding High School during various pre-season training sessions of athletic teams. Stew spent eight years on the Community Center Board during the construction phase of the present Severna Park Community Center.
Stew and Denise have two children. Their daughter, Mary, is a freshman at the University of Maryland studying mechanical engineering. She attended St. John the Evangelist School and Archbishop Spalding High School. From the age of 3 until 18, she was a dancer with Mary Carter and the Dance Center of Severna Park and still tap dances with the Terrapin Tap Troupe. Their son, William, is in eighth grade this year at St. John’s and will be attending Spalding High School as well. He is a second degree blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do and plays baseball with the Green Hornets.
For more information, check out Stew's website!