Today, CFC shines the spotlight on class 2012 star quarterback and recent Bowdoin College (NCAA) commit, Seamus Power. Seamus began his football career in grade nine with the Upper Canada College Blues.
6’0, 165 lbs
Upper Canada College Blues (high school: CISAA)
Commitment to Bowdoin College (NCAA Division 3, Maine)
For the last four seasons, Seamus pivoted his high school team, the Upper Canada College Blues of the Canadian Independent School Athletic Association (CISAA). When he first played in grade nine, he was part of the Blues junior varsity team. After that season, he made the gradual move over to the varsity squad.
Seamus became starting pivot of the Blues team halfway through the 2009 season (grade 10 year). The graduating quarterback has become one of the elite quarterbacks in Ontario high school football. In the process, he’s achieved many accomplishments on the field.
Among the awards and achievements Seamus received during his time with the Blues include team offensive player of the year (2010) and team MVP (2011). Furthermore, the quarterback was co-captain of the Blues team in the 2011 season. Most recently, Seamus was selected to the GTA all-star football team that will participate in a game on May 6th at McMaster University.
Last year, Seamus experienced a special, yet rewarding moment in his young football career.
“My most memorable football experience was playing a role in upsetting St. Andrews College in last year’s CISAA championship,” explains the Blues graduating pivot, who lives on the UCC campus because his father is the principal of the school. “As the underdog, we had a memorable come from behind win in Aurora in overtime.”
While he was heavily recruited by several schools including Guelph, St. Francis Xavier and three Division 3 NCAA schools in the States, Seamus recently decided to commit to Bowdoin College. The Division 3 school in Maine was just the right fit for him.
“I decided to commit to Bowdoin College because I wanted to go to a small liberal arts college where I could play football,” adds the future Polar Bears player, who will study environmental studies and English at the school. “I decided to go to Bowdoin because I enjoyed my visit to the school in early January, and I really liked the campus, and the football organization.”
Being able to achieve all his ambitions on and off the field is due to the motivation and encouragement Seamus continually gets from the Blues coaching staff.
“The coaches at UCC, and in particular Mr. Shaw, Coaches Cavalluzzo and Heffernan have been the biggest positive impact on me both on and off the football field,” comments the standout. “They have been incredibly supportive and inspirational.”
Additionally, the graduating Blues quarterback says he’s fortunate to have someone incredibly close to him play an instrumental role in bringing out the best in him on and off the field.
“I am also lucky that my older brother, Patrick, played a role in helping me develop as a player and as a person,” says Seamus, who also has two other brothers and a sister. “He was my go to receiver, and he helped me out of a lot of jams.”
There is also a special moment that he will always remember sharing with his yournger brother Liam which has influenced his playing career.
“I’ll also always remember my last touchdown pass; it was to my younger brother, Liam, and it gave us the lead late in the fourth quarter against SAC in the championship final,” comments Seamus. “Unfortunately, our lead didn’t hold up, but the memory of my brother making a great grab on a fly pattern in the end zone is something that will stay with me for a long time.”
Away from the gridiron, Seamus plays on the Upper Canada College basketball and baseball teams. In the summers, he also teaches sailing. As for future plans, the graduating Blues star says he is unsure what he like to pursue as a career.
“I’m not sure about a career at this point but I enjoy working with people, and I do know that someday I would like to coach football,” adds Seamus.
As the quarterback prepares for the next phase of his career and life at Bowdoin College, he will take all the skills he’s learned from the game with the goal of achieving further accomplishments.
“I’ve learned that team work is essential in just about everything and that you have to learn how to rely on other people,” comments Seamus. “I’ve also learned the value of hard work and how important it is to commit yourself to something beyond yourself.”
“I know were just a football team but the coaches were able to make us feel like we were all an important part of something that went beyond the gridiron.”
Video of Seamus’ Football Highlights: