Robbie Stewart is in his fifth year as the head athletic trainer for football at Middle Tennessee. Stewart made his way to Murfreesboro following seven years at Clemson University.
Stewart was presented the Eugene Smith/Mickey O’Brien College Athletic Trainer of the Year Award during the 20th annual Tennessee Athletic Trainers’ Society Conference in 2012. Stewart was nominated for his role in identifying the splenic rupture of Blue Raider senior wide receiver Shane Blissard during a spring football scrimmage in March 2011. In addition to identifying the injury, Stewart assisted in promptly getting Blissard to the hospital where doctors performed emergency surgery to take out the injured spleen. Stewart’s awareness and quick thinking led Blissard to a full recovery as he competed in all 12 Blue Raider games in 2012.
Stewart, a native of Seneca, S.C., joined the Clemson athletic program in 2001. There he assisted with football and was the primary athletic trainer for men’s golf. Along with assisting the director with the daily operation of the sports medicine area, Stewart oversaw all graduate assistants and handled the recruitment and supervision of the student athletic trainers. For two years at Clemson, Stewart also taught kinesiology to undergraduate students with a variety of majors.
Prior to his arrival at Clemson, Stewart served as the head athletic trainer at Gaffney High School in Gaffney, S.C., for one year. During his brief tenure at GHS, Stewart was responsible for the prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation programs of all interscholastic sports. Along with managing the training room, Stewart recruited, educated, and supervised all student athletic trainers.
Before taking the job at GHS, Stewart was an intern athletic trainer during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers mini-camp in 2001.
Stewart, who earned his master’s degree from Middle Tennessee in 2000, worked as a graduate assistant in the Blue Raider sports medicine program for two years (1998 to 2000). At Middle Tennessee, Stewart worked with the women’s basketball and women’s soccer programs.
A Titleist Performance Institute Certified Golf fitness instructor, Stewart also works with the Middle Tennessee men’s and women’s golf teams.
Certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association, Stewart earned his bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Clemson in 1998. Stewart is also certified by the American Red Cross.
Stewart is married to the former Lindsay Henderson of Covington, La., and they have two sons, Griffin and Dalton.
THE STEWART FILE
MIDDLE TENNESSEE Season at MT: 4th
Date Hired: Sept. 15, 2009
Birthdate: Oct. 16, 1974
Hometown: Seneca, SC
Children: Griffin and Dalton
EDUCATION High School: Seneca
College: Clemson, B.S. secondary education, 1998; master’s from Middle Tennessee in 2000
SPORTS MEDICINE EXPERIENCE
1998-2000: GA at Middle Tennessee
2000-2001: Head Athletic Trainer at Gaffney High School
2001 (summer): Intern for Tampa Bay
2001-08: Asst. Athletic Trainer at Clemson
2009-Present: Head Football Athletic Trainer at Middle Tennessee
2001: Humanitarian Bowl
2002: Tangerine Bowl
2003: Peach Bowl
2005: Champs Sports Bowl
2006: Music City Bowl
2007: Chick-Fil-A Bowl
2009: New Orleans Bowl
2011: GoDaddy.com Bowl