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the beloved mascot of WVU
The Mountaineer mascot is one of the most cherished of all WVU athletic traditions.Mountaineer Appearance Request
Since 1934 the buckskin-clad, rifle toting Mountaineer has been the beloved mascot of WVU. In addition to attending all major sporting events, the mascot is frequently seen around campus and the community.
Colson Glover, 2020
Lewisburg native, Colson Glover, currently serves as the University's 67th Mountaineer mascot. The man or woman selected to represent the mascot is selected by a prestigious group of students, faculty, and staff from all areas of the University.
The Mountaineer's buckskins, traditionally made from deer hide, are tailored for each mascot. The Mountaineer also wears a coonskin cap, powder horn, moccasins, and carries an American-made black powder rifle.
We are constantly reminded of the strength and courage of the people in our state and how the Mountaineer mascot has preserved this tradition for future generations.
Lawson Hill, 1934-35
Lawson Hill was the first official Mountaineer in 1934.
Boyd "Slim" Arnold, 1937-39
In 1937, Boyd "Slim" Arnold was the first Mountaineer to wear buckskins.
Natalie Tennant, 1990-91
In 1991, Natalie Tennant was the first female Mountaineer.