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Seawolves snag new keeper: Grant-Spin signs for 2023-24 season

Author: R. Oram

Posted on Jul 5, 2023

Category: Soccer , Varsity Sports , ACAA

Casey Grant-Spin has officially signed with the UNB Saint John Seawolves women’s soccer team for the 2023-24 varsity season.


Grant-Spin is a graduate of Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional High School in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, where she was the team’s starting keeper from grade 9 to 12.

Being in net for so long has allowed Casey to garner a wide array of achievements. With the NNU Soccer Club in Antigonish, Casey was named player of the season for winter 2021-22. In the summer season, NNU won the PEI Eastern Eagles Tournament and a provincial championship, with Casey being named MVP of both tournaments. She was also the senior captain of her high school team and captain of the East Hants Soccer Club, where her team placed second in provincials.

Seawolves head coach PJ Ward discovered Grant-Spin at the East Hants Combine, where he quickly noticed Casey’s skills. “Casey is an athletic keeper with great hands and feet,” said Ward. “She does not put herself in bad situations and has great technical ability. She is calm and coachable which are great traits in a goalkeeper, especially at the university level.”

Casey has loved the sport from a young age, but it is the self-improvement and relationships stemming from soccer that stand out to her the most. “My sport means many things to me, this ranges from friendships and family to health and mentality,” said Grant-Spin. “I'm passionate about it because I'm always looking forward to the next practice and game. I want myself and the rest of my team to succeed and perform to the best of our ability. The addition of friendships makes it so much more memorable.”

UNB Saint John stood out to Casey for its small size and unique health program, which she will be taking with hopes of becoming a radiologist/sonographer or a pediatrician. “I chose UNB Saint John because of the health program. When I had my tour, I enjoyed the small campus as it was not overwhelming. The environment felt like I was close to home so I felt super comfortable.”

Grant-Spin’s goals for the season include bettering herself and her team, and she hopes to add her strength and ability to the back line and come out strong. “I want to show everyone my ability to play at the ACAA level and eventually higher.” 

She has the trust of Coach Ward, who believes she can be a key piece for years to come. “Casey, with the tools she has already, should provide the consistency in goal that the Women’s team has had for the last few years,” said Ward about the recruit. “Her strengths will translate well to the university game, and with a high ceiling for room to grow, she will be a staple for the team for the foreseeable future.”

Casey’s mother has been the biggest inspiration throughout her life. ”She has always been there for me through thick and thin and is my support system,” says Casey. “She always encourages me to push harder and do my best in both school and sport situations. She is a very hard worker and I learn to be strong and resilient from her.”

Welcome to the Seawolves family, Casey!