by Kevin Hulsmann, CWRU Sports Information
Case Western Reserve University junior Travis Johnston's 2019 campaign was a catalyst for a very successful season by the CWRU football program. Johnston was selected to the All-Presidents' Athletic Conference First Team as a linebacker. He started in all 10 games he played in during the year and saw action in all three phases of the game. Johnston finished second on the team during the campaign with 70 tackles (34 solo), including 2.5 tackles for a loss and one sack. He added an interception, four pass breakups, three fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and two blocked kicks during the year.
At running back, Johnston carried the ball 13 times for 31 yards and three touchdowns. In addition, he returned 17 kicks for an average of 25.6 yards per return, the 28th-best mark in Division III during the year and the second-highest single season average in program history. His efforts helped CWRU win the PAC championship for the second time in the last three years, and earning the fifth NCAA postseason berth in the program's history.
Off the field, Johnston, a Business Management major, has maintained a flawless 4.0 grade point average at CWRU. He was named to the 2019 CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team, and is a two-time University Athletic Association Fall All-Academic and PAC Academic Honor Roll honoree. Johnston also has grown a personal training business over the past year, 'Trifecta Health and Fitness,' which aims to make working out more enjoyable and convenient for everyone.
"Growing up and through college, I had several coaches and trainers make such a large impact on my life and change it for the better," said Johnston. "I wanted to have this same impact on people, but for most non-athletes, they find working out time-consuming and often not enjoyable. I set out to make working out more creative to suit their interests, and shorter to accommodate their busy schedules."
Last semester, Johnston worked as a Business Development intern for a start-up company named Orthobrain. His internship provided an experience that he should be able to carry into his future career.
"I learned the inner workings of a start-up company at Orthobrain," said Johnston. "This helped me see what goes into a successful start-up, as they are beginning to do quite well. Whether I end up doing my training business full-time or going into business, knowing the inner workings of making a successful business will be helpful."
"I am currently set to graduate in the fall of 2020," said Johnston. "After I graduate, I plan to do a business internship in the spring while growing Trifecta Health and Fitness on the side. Whether personal training will stay a side venture or take over full-time, I'm unsure, but I know it is something I am passionate about."