In Pursuit of Excellence

Beginning in early August, John DeCoste will profile selected student-athletes bi-weekly in his online feature "In Pursuit of Excellence".


A native of Pictou, Nova Scotia and a 1977 Acadia graduate, John DeCoste was an award-winning sports journalist in Kings County from September, 1993 to April, 2016.

During that time, coverage of Acadia varsity sports was an important part of his working life.

John has been recognized both regionally and nationally for both his sports writing and photography. He is a two-time winner of the Atlantic University Sport media award, and has also been recognized by Baseball Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation.

John spent several years on the U SPORTS Hockey Top-Ten committee, and is currently an active member of the selection committees for the Acadia and Berwick and District Sport Hall of Fame. He is scheduled to be inducted into the Acadia Sports Hall of Fame in the builder category in the fall of 2017.

John has been a follower of Acadia varsity sports since his student days. In 2014, he released his first sports publication – 'Living the Dream', a 50-year history of Acadia men's basketball at the nationals.

John lives in Aylesford with his wife, professional artist, illustrator and art instructor (and three-time Acadia graduate) Twila Robar-DeCoste. 


Sara Baxter is a senior student-athlete at Acadia who is a member of the Acadia Axewomen rugby team. Sarah has a passion to write and spent this past summer with Acadia's Fred. C Manning School of Business as a student-manager of communications.


August 22, 2017 - Erik Nissen - Basketball by John DeCoste

August 29, 2017 - Keiler Cherry - Football by John DeCoste

September 6, 2017 - Chrissy Smith - Cross Country by John DeCoste

September 13, 2017 - Harley Tucker - Rugby by John DeCoste

September 20, 2017 - Horton Grads now playing for Axemen by the Advertiser

September 27, 2017 - Lifelong Friendship by Sara Baxter

October 3, 2017 - Ryan Parris - Axemen Soccer by John DeCoste

October 10 - Guy Harrison-Murray - Axemen Swimming by John DeCoste

Oct. 17 - Liam Maaskant - Axemen Hockey by Sara Baxter

Oct. 24 - Erik Nissen - Axemen Basketball by Sara Baxter

Oct. 31 - Sarah Ross - Axewomen Volleyball by Sara Baxter

Nov. 1 - Jalynn Skeir - Axewomen Basketball by John DeCoste

Nov. 22 - Owen Klassen - Former Axeman Basketball by Basketball Canada

Nov. 29 - Stephen Harper - Axemen Hockey by John DeCoste

Dec 14 - Labour of Love - Acadia's part-time coaches by Sara Baxter

Dec. 21 - The Acadia Players Association - Helping create an environment of excellence by Sara Baxter

Jan. 9 - Emma Duinker - Emma Duinker studying, coaching at University of Windsor by John DeCosete

Jan 15 - Elliott Richardson - Labour of Love by Sara Baxter

Jan 22 - Allie Berry - Record breaking Axewoman

Jan 29 - Bob Vespaziani - Bringing Axemen football to the National forefront

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