Axemen welcome British Columbia, Ontario recruits (VIDEO)

Out of province recruits join AUS team’s 2015 class.

Acadia Axemen has extended their out of province recruitment success.

The team has announced the additions of Nolan Strong and Blake Rennick to their football program.  Both recruits will join the Axemen for the 2015 AUS season.

Strong hails from British Columbia while Rennick comes from Orleans, Ontario.

“Both of these young men are good athletes with the multi-sport backgrounds we are looking for, and good people who will have something to offer our community and will thrive in the town of Wolfville,” commented Axemen Head Coach Jeff Cummins.  “We are proud to have them suiting up for Acadia come the fall.”

Nolan Strong 2


The 6’0, 200 pound longsnapper/athlete from West Vancouver, British Columbia is coming all the way to the Atlantic Coast to commence his CIS career with the Axemen.

Strong has previously played for West Vancouver Highlanders of the British Columbia High School Football Association (BCHSFA).

“I committed to Acadia because of the support I felt the first day I arrived on campus the coaches were extremely welcoming and made sure I fully understood there program,” explained the British Columbia recruit of his commitment.  “Their school as well the players on the team were a great group of guys; each one was very nice and welcoming.”

“The school itself is beautiful and the amenities for the football program are outstanding.”

While the Axemen will be his home away from home starting this fall, he is excited for the new gridiron and academic challenge that waits for him in Wolfville.

“I’m a bit sad leaving my home town and moving so far away but I can’t wait to be an Axeman next year,” expressed Strong.

Blake Rennick


The 5’7, 160 pound receiver from Orleans, Ontario comes to the Axemen with a wealth of gridiron experience.

Among the teams he has suited up for include the midget Orleans Bengals of the National Capital Amateur Football Association (NCAFA), Ottawa Sooners of the Ontario Football Conference (OFC) as well as his high school team, St. Francis Xavier Coyotes of the National Capital Secondary School Athletic Association (NCSSAA).

For his part, Rennick felt the Axemen provided him the best opportunity to excel on and off the field.

“I choose Acadia as my school to attend this upcoming September because it truly seems like a school I could thrive in,” elaborated Rennick about his commitment.  “I grew up in a small town in a small school where everyone knew everyone; Acadia being a smaller university compared to most and located in a small town to me it almost seemed like a home away from home.”

“Acadia resembling the town I grew up in will make the transition a little easier in my mind. I’ve heard very good things about Acadia and its programs and environment but what started this whole journey was Acadia’s football team, which I’ve heard nothing but good things about.”

Moreover, the Wolfville, Nova Scotia campus was always on Rennick’s radar and is ecstatic that the Axemen has created an avenue for him to realize his ultimate gridiron dream.

“Acadia has always been one of my top schools even before football was a big part of my life,” said the Ontario receiver.  “It has a very successful football team and great coaches which was another reason why I choose Acadia.”

“To me, it seemed like Acadia was the perfect fit for me and that’s why I knew I was making the right choice when I committed to Acadia.  It’s always been a dream of mine to play CIS football and I could not be happier getting the chance to play for such a great football team and an even better school.”


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