Lexington Legends strength and conditioning coach Joey Greany and athletic trainer Mark Keiser have been named by their peers as the best at their positions in the South Atlantic League for 2013.
Greany was named South Atlantic League strength and conditioning Coach of the Year by the Professional Baseball Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society, and Keiser was named Athletic Trainer of the Year by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society.
The 2013 season was Greany’s sixth in the Kansas City Royals system. He earned Texas League strength and conditioning Coach of the Year honors in 2011 while with Northwest Arkansas. Before joining the Royals, Greany was a sports performance coach at Velocity Sports Performance in Mahwah, N.J. He played four years of college baseball at Alfred (N.Y.) State College and Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tennessee while earning his bachelor’s degree in physical education. He was inducted into Alfred’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012. Greany earned his master’s degree in exercise science from California University of Pennsylvania.
Keiser joined the Royals in 2011 as athletic trainer for the Burlington Royals of the Appalachian League and was with Kane County of the Midwest League in 2012. Kane County was the Royals’ class A affiliate before the Legends and Royals began their affiliation in 2013.
Before moving into professional baseball, Keiser was a graduate assistant athletic trainer at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, where he earned his master’s degree in athletic training. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio University.
“This is a tremendous honor for Joey and Mark,” said Legends President and COO Andy Shea. “These are the first strength and conditioning and athletic trainer awards that have been in the Lexington Legends family, which goes to show the true dedication and resources the Kansas City Royals put towards their Minor League Baseball partners.”