Familiarity is key for WolfPack men’s soccer recruit

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KAMLOOPS - The latest recruit for the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack is no stranger to how the program has developed over the past 17 years. That is because the program’s evolution has included no less than three other members of his family.

Head coach John Antulov and the WolfPack are pleased to announce the commitment of Keenan Wallace of Kamloops, BC (Sahali Secondary) to the program starting in the fall.
Wallace is the youngest son of former WolfPack co-head coach Sean Wallace. His brothers Justin and Nolan have also spent time in the TRU program while attending school at Thompson Rivers. Both brothers were rookies of the year in the BC Colleges Athletic Association and PACWEST leagues respectively. Justin was the 2013 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Player of the Year.

Keenan will be taking business courses while at TRU.

He admits the fact his family has been involved in soccer at TRU (along with its predecessors-Cariboo College and the University College of the Cariboo) had a little bit to do with his decision.

“I think my vision and passing are my most important strengths,” Wallace stated when asked to assess himself as a player. “I think I am more of a playmaker on the field. I try and distribute the ball to my teammates.”

Keenan’s father played collegiate soccer. So too have his brothers. The question needed to be asked if he felt any pressure to excel at the sport because of their achievements. “There is a little bit of pressure but it comes from within mostly. You just want to be as good as they are. It is good to see their success because I can learn from it and grow as a player.”

He credits his father for being his biggest influence. He coached Keenan throughout his minor soccer career while for the most part, also handling duties at TRU. “He has taught me almost everything I know. He has been a big part of my success as a soccer player.”

Antulov says the youngest Wallace has a bright future.

“We are looking forward to Keenan joining us. He has the potential to make an impact on our program. He has very good technical skill and vision in the central midfield position. He has calmness on the ball and doesn’t get rattled easily when in possession. It’s a good trait to have because in CIS you don’t have a lot of time to dwell on the ball and making good decisions is essential to keep possession. We also like the fact he is versatile and can play anywhere along the midfield.”

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