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Back in Mitchell: Justin Greenway working in both athletic training, strength and conditioning

Justin Greenway, left, teaches during the True Grit class on Monday at True Fitness. Greenway, a former Mitchell High School standout, moved back to his hometown and started his new position on Monday. (Eric Mayer / Republic)

Justin Greenway is back home.

After graduating from Augustana University last year and working a full year as an athletic trainer at Northern State University in Aberdeen, Greenway has taken a position at True Fitness and Dakota Physical Therapy in Mitchell.

Greenway, a former standout for both the Kernels and the Vikings, said he wasn't focused on returning back to his hometown, but added the opportunity he had was too good not to return.

"I wasn't looking for new opportunities but I heard about a position at True Fitness and Dakota Physical Therapy and thought it'd be a unique experience where I could use both of my certifications," said Greenway, who has an athletic training certification and is a certified strength and conditioning coach.

Greenway said he's enjoyed working with the athletes at Northern State but noted he'd like to help people more long term.

"I want to make people better than they were before," Greenway said. "You don't get that opportunity as just an athletic trainer. This is an opportunity to both of those things."

Josh Moody, owner of True Fitness and Dakota Physical Therapy, said hiring a qualified employee like Greenway was a "no-brainer."

"He adds to what our program already was," Moody said. "Our program is designed to give more than a standard weight room program. From a sports enhancement aspect, having an athletic trainer in addition to our physical therapists and personal trainers, bridges that gap from prue physical therapy and pure gym."

He joins his twin brother, Jason, who returned to Mitchell after graduating from Augustana. Jason took a position with CorInsurance and was an assistant football coach last year for the Kernels.

Justin said he'd like to get involved in some capacity with Kernel athletics but he'll wait to see if an opportunity works with his schedule. For now, he's happy to start his new position in his hometown.

"I love Mitchell," Justin said. "I like the town and the people and there's a lot of things I like to do around the town."

Moody said Justin is a perfect example of what a multi-sport athlete looks like.

"He's very well educated and he has the drive and the motivation athletes are looking for," Moody said. "We're very excited he's here."