The era of Timmy Eads has officially begun.
For the last year, Trevor Kiess has bore the buckskins as WVU’s 65th Mountaineer mascot — an experience which he calls the greatest honor of his life. Following the Mountaineers wherever they’d go, Kiess traveled the country as an ambassador for the university, did over 400 pushups, and hardly stopped smiling the whole time.
“Growing up as a kid in West Virginia, there is nothing that I could imagine that would be more impactful than this past year has been,” Kiess told WVi. “Mountaineer nation you have been awesome, it’s been a great run, but it’ll also be nice to have a little bit of free time and shave the beard off as well.”
In front of a room full of family, friends and fans (including three former Mountaineers), Kiess officially relinquished the .45 calilber Kentucky long rifle to Eads, marking the beginning of the 66th Mountaineer Mascot’s tenure.
Former mountaineers Natalie Tennant, Michael Garcia and Brandon Flowers spoke, giving insight to the importance, history and responsibilities of the position.
Marvin Wotring, the late maker of the Mountaineer’s rifle, was also honored at the ceremony. Wotring passed away in December 2018.
While acting as the school’s mascot a large undertaking in itself, Eads is an active member of WVU’s student body. Keeping with the Mountaineer spirit, he is an executive board member of the Mountaineer Maniacs, an undergraduate communications assistant for the WVU Extension Service Small Farm Center, as well as receiving presigious honors from the National FFA Organization. He juggled all this while serving as the alternate Mountaineer.
Eads was announced as the new Mountaineer on Feb. 25 at the men’s basketball game against TCU, but his journey started before that, back when he was in high school.
On June 20, 2015 — West Virginia Day — Eads says he was scrolling through Twitter and saw former Mountaineer Jonathan Kimble post a picture of himself with the rifle while standing on Seneca Rocks. It was then he decided he wanted to become the Mountaineer Mascot.
Less than four years later, on April 11, 2019, Eads was passed the rifle, and his time as Mountaineer began.