John Smith is one of the best divers ever to hail from Frederick County. He began his swimming career at Frederick High School and developed into a competitive diver on the college level at West Virginia University and the University of Maryland. His fervent career as a diving champion spanned more than 25 years. During his career Smith was well known on the local, state, and national levels as a diver and trampoline performer; and was a renowned coach in both areas. Smith held Frederick County diving records for 13 years. He has won numerous National Sky-High Trampoline titles, and silver and bronze medals on the national level. Smith coached five Frederick County high school diving teams and is responsible for keeping the program active for the county teams.