Cadeau, who grew up in Coldbrook, spent his Grade 10 and 11 years at Shattuck St. Mary’s School in Faribault, Minnesota, studying and playing soccer.
Shattuck St. Mary’s, he pointed out, has always been better known for hockey, but in recent years, “it has been doing really well with soccer, too.”
Cadeau was also intrigued by the academic side of the private school.
“I was looking for something more challenging,” he says. “It seemed like a good choice, both for academic excellence and athletic experience.”
He has no regrets over the time he spent away from home, just as he has no regrets returning home to Kings County and ending up at Acadia.
“It was a great experience and prepared me really well for here,” he said. “The structure there was a big draw for me. It gave me a chance to get in a zone, develop a routine.”
Passion for playing
The 20-year-old is the younger of two soccer-loving siblings - his sister Chantelle graduated from Acadia with an accounting degree this past May – and has played “almost since I could walk,” usually at a high level.
He played U-8 to U-12 with Kings West, then moved up to Tier 1 with Valley United. At the same time, he participated in the provincial elite program.
“I usually played a year above,” he says – in other words, he played U-16 during his second year of U-14 eligibility.
Cadeau is a New Year’s baby, which has been lucky for him. Partly because of his birthday, “I’ve gotten to play at seven national championships – two with Valley United and four for Nova Scotia, plus the 2013 Canada Games,” he said.
“If I had been even a day older, I would have missed a lot of those opportunities.”
He served as a co-captain of the Nova Scotia 2013 Canada Games team, which he describes as “one of the best experiences of my life – it was like a mini-Olympics.”
Off to Acadia
Cadeau returned home from Shattuck for Grade 12 and graduated from Central Kings in 2013. He was recruited to Acadia by Axemen head coach Findlay MacRae.
“I was in contact with Findlay during the summer between Grade 11 and 12,” he says. “When I came back from Shattuck, I was still in contact with some American coaches, but Findlay offered me an athletic scholarship, which I accepted.”
Five years ago, he says, his decision might have been different.
“I might not have chosen Acadia, but once I came back here for Grade 12, I made my choice,” he said. “Home is only 20 minutes away, but I have my independence, too.”
He entered the accounting program at Acadia, and academically, immediately began to see the fruits of his time at Shattuck.
“I was an Academic all-Canadian my first two years, and I made the Dean’s list last year.”
Cadeau joined an Axemen team that has “gotten better every year I’ve been here.” After missing out on the playoffs since the Acadia men’s soccer program was resurrected, the team has made it to the playoffs in the last two years. This year, the team will automatically get to go because Acadia is hosting the event, “but we’ll make it anyway,” he says.
“It’s a great feeling to see the team keep improving and to be a part of it,” he said. “Andrew MacRae, our keeper last year, says this is the best Axemen team he’s seen, and he’s been watching Acadia soccer for a long time.”
Cadeau has played a number of positions for Acadia.
“Last year, I was a midfielder. This year, I’m playing wingback on defence. Findlay has always played me where he felt I was most needed. He likes to keep me on my toes.”
Cadeau can graduate in the spring of 2017, and says he is “still deciding whether I’ll take a fifth year. I’ll never have another chance like this athletically, but it has to make sense academically, too.”
He hopes to become either a chartered public accountant or a certified financial analyst, but he might decide to explore the financial services side as well.
“I’ve been working on campus at the business office the past two years. If I can keep that, it might make a fifth year look more attractive.”
Whatever he ends up doing, Cadeau says he is “pretty comfortable right now.”
Did you know?
Corey Cadeau was an Academic All-Canadian his first two years at Acadia, and was a Dean’s List Scholar in 2014-2015 with a Grade Point Average of 3.93. He is also a valuable member of the soccer Axemen, playing primarily a defensive role.