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

August 29, 2017 - Keiler Cherry - Football

September 6, 2017 - Chrissy Smith - Cross Country

September 13, 2017 - Harley Tucker - Rugby

September 20, 2017 - Horton Grads now playing for Axemen

September 27, 2017 - Lifelong Friendship by Sara Baxter

October 3, 2017 - Ryan Parris - Axemen Soccer

October 10 - Guy Harrison-Murray - Axemen Swimming

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