After graduating high school, Sean Stoqua left his native Ottawa to chase his two-sport dreams at Acadia University. Stoqua was the Axemen basketball team’s starting point guard, while also playing defensive back on football team from 2011-14.
In his first year, Stoqua averaged over 12 points per game, and was named to the AUS All Rookie Team for the 2011-12 season.
In his third year disaster struck and a broken leg derailed the second half of his collegiate career. After three surgeries, Stoqua is finally healthy and ready to play basketball once again, this time back in his home city.
“It’s delayed the typical path that most athletes take,” said Stoqua. “So I’ve taken an extra year to rehab that injury. It’s left me eager to get back out there and play.”
Coming home to play basketball with the Gee-Gees was an opportunity he could not pass up.
“I’m extremely excited to come back to Ottawa and play with some familiar faces for Coach Derouin,” says Stoqua. “My family has some history with basketball here in the city, and that’s something I would like to add to.”
Stoqua’s father played basketball for Carleton in the late 1970s and his sister, Jennifer, finished her playing career with the Gee-Gees in the 2014-15 season.
Weighing the best outlook for his health and professional aspirations, joining head coach James Derouin and the high-profile Gee-Gees is a perfect way to close his career.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to have Sean join our program. Having a local player like him is always something special,” said Derouin. “I recruited Sean coming out of high school at Sacred Heart, with former Gee-Gee Vikas Gill. So for him to come back to us is extra special.”
Looking forward to his role with the team, Stoqua believes he can add valuable assets to a new-look team. “I think leadership is something I can bring, I’m going to be one of the older guys on the team and along with that comes some experience and maturity.”
Stoqua has shown his strong leadership qualities before, winning the 2014 AUS Student-Athlete Community Service Award for his work in the community off the gridiron.
“I’m hoping to bring some more toughness to this team, I think that’s something I can draw on from my football background,” he said.
In his final year with Acadia, the guard averaged an impressive 13 points on nearly 40 per cent shooting, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game.
“Sean brings a rare combination of toughness and skill to the point guard position,” says Derouin. “We are expecting big things from him.”
Stoqua will be looking to obtain his Master’s degree in Physiotherapy while at uOttawa. Due to his year out of competition, Stoqua is immediately eligible to play.