Following in the steps from last week, this membership spotlight is also a member of the Major League Baseball community.
Ethan Stewart is the Player Performance Facilitator for the Baltimore Orioles. Along with wortking a full-time job, he is also finishing his PhD. Ethan is currently a doctoral candidate in Neuromechanics/Biomechanics from Mississippi State University.
“While this spring training has definitely been different than most, it has been really good to be back working on the field with our athletes, coaches, and all player development staff. COVID has brought about new challenges in completing the job, but we as an organization, have excelled at adapting to the new “normal”. I am excited to see how our players do as they leave this spring training camp, and I am excited to welcome more of our athletes and staff as the next wave of spring training begins. The tide is rising in the Orioles organization and I am excited to see where it takes us.”
Ethan was born and raised in Kentucky, leading to a life-long love of the Kentucky Wildcats. He was fortunate enough to receive his Bachelors and Masters degree from The University of Kentucky in Kinesiology and Health Promotion. In his role as the Player Performance Facilitator, Ethan is in-charge of data collection and analysis of sports science tools. Along with data-collection, he is in constant communication with athletes, coaches, and all player development staff. His favorite part about the job is the integration of sports science into the daily lives of athletes to help increase their performance on the field and decrease their risk of injury. His love of baseball biomechanics comes from not only his time as a baseball player, but also from his advisor Dr. Robert Shaprio.
If Ethan could travel anywhere, he would go to Jamaica with his wife, Megan Stewart. His favorite thing to eat is boneless chicken wings, while his favorite food to cook is frozen pizza. If he is going to get fancy, he will cook salmon and asparagus. The Other Guys is his favorite movie and Brooklyn 99 is his favorite TV show. If he could have any animal as a pet it would be a Husky, which he already has (Skyler). Given the opportunity to have any superpower, Ethan would choose to have the ability to fly, so he could quickly see his family around the demanding schedule of working in the MLB.
Outside of baseball, Ethan enjoys spending time with his family, being outdoors, or playing a sport (in non-COVID times). His favorite holiday is Christmas, because he loves to give gifts to others. Ethan is lucky to call Megan Stewart his wife, even if she does work for a competing Major League Baseball Organization, the Milwaukee Brewers.