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the beloved mascot of WVU

The Mountaineer mascot is one of the most cherished of all WVU athletic traditions.

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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.


2018-2019 Mountaineer Mascot

Trevor Kiess, 2018-19

Elkins native Trevor Kiess currently serves as the University's 65th 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 and powder horn, and carries a rifle made by Preston County native Marvin Wotring.

Male Mountaineers customarily grow a beard during their tenure, it's actually not a requirement for the mascot position.

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.

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