A selection committee has named Timothy Eads as West Virginia University's next Mountaineer mascot.
Eads won a cheer-off competition held during the Feb. 18 men's basketball game against Kansas State and was announced as the next mascot during Tuesday night's game against TCU.
According to a WVU press release, Eads was selected by a committee of faculty, staff and students based on an application, essay, interview and the cheer-off competition.
“I chose WVU because there is a sense of home and familiarity on campus and the people are amazing,” Eads said the release. “The passion and pride that I have for the state and WVU is something that I look forward to sharing daily with students, alumni, fans and the 1.8 million residents of this great state.”
“Over the years, I have found that each Mountaineer has brought something new and exciting to the position but they all have one thing in common,” Sonja Wilson, Mountaineer Mascot advisor, said in the release. “They carry on the traditions of those who came before them, making the Mountaineer Mascot one of the most beloved of all West Virginia University traditions. Timothy is no exception.”
Eads will formally accept the official mascot rifle from current Mountaineer Trevor Keiss during a ceremony at 3 p.m. April 11, at the Erickson Alumni Center. The event is open to the public.
Eads one of four top candidates to vie for the position. The others were Brooke Ashby, a junior from Mannington; Connor Capron, a freshman from Sutton; and Thaiddeus Dillie, a junior from Weirton.
Dillie was named as the alternate Mountaineer mascot.
Eads is a sophomore from Buffalo, West Virginia, who previously served as the alternate mascot.