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Meet the Finalists: Winner

meet the 2019 ultimate mountaineer fan.

Terry Keenan

Terry Keenan

This Mountain State native was inspired by a love of his home and by a passion for Mountaineer athletics, thanks, in part, to his son and grandson — and Terry hasn’t missed a home game since 1975!

Terry Keenan's Full Q&A

THEIR ULTIMATE DESIGNS

The Winning Tee.

Pride and tradition centered shirts
Mary’s design was inspired by lifelong Mountaineer pride and tradition, showcasing both her home state — with the Flying WV at its heart — and the importance WVU plays in her life. 
Terry Keenan
This Mountain State native was inspired by a love of his home and by a passion for Mountaineer athletics, thanks, in part, to his son and grandson — and Terry hasn’t missed a home game since 1975!
It's Game Day.
The pulse-pounding excitement of a WVU game day was the inspiration for John's design. Complete in gold and blue gear, he always shows up to cheer on the Mountaineers.

Mary Gabriele

Mary Gabriele 

What is your favorite Mountaineer game you attended?

I have attended many Mountaineer games. My favorite has to be the 2008 Fiesta Bowl when the WVU Football team beat Oklahoma against all odds. 84% of the nation picked us to lose. Not on this night! I just remember the Mountaineers fans not wanting to leave the stadium after the trophy presentation. Everyone just stayed and rejoiced and took in the moment.  It was a great feeling!

In one word describe what being a Mountaineer means to you?

Loyalty!

Share one Mountaineer fun fact about you.

I have probably attended over 750 different Mountaineer sporting events in my 55 years of life!

Who is your favorite Mountaineer player (past or present)?

This is a hard question because I love and respect so many, but Jevon Carter has to be at the top. He embodies the characteristics of what a true Mountaineer is to me: someone that works extremely hard, has a blue-collar mentality, plays with a chip on their shoulder, is humble yet confident, and who just gets it!

If you could go back and relive any Mountaineer moment, what would it be?

The playing of Country Roads in Madison Square Garden in March of 2010 after the WVU basketball team just won their first Big East Tournament en route to their Final Four Appearance.

If you attended a University, what school, what was your major and when did you graduate ?

I graduated from West Virginia University in 1986 with a B.A. in Secondary Education, and with a Masters in Business Administration in 1987.

My first Mountaineer memory is…

My first Mountaineer memory is probably listening to Jack Fleming call Mountaineer Football games on the radio. In the 70s there were not a lot of games televised, so I listened to the football games with my dad. Jack made me feel like I was at the game… I loved his passion for all things WVU!

Where do you currently live?

I currently live in Morgantown, WV

Terry Keenan

Terry Keenan

What is your favorite Mountaineer game you attended?

My favorite Mountaineer game was WVU 17 vs PENN ST 14 on October 27, 1984 when the streak officially ended!

In one word describe what being a Mountaineer means to you?

The best word to describe what being a Mountaineer means to me is “Family”. No matter where you go when you see the flying WV there is an automatic connection and a common bond.

Share one Mountaineer fun fact about you.

The most fun Mountaineer fan fact about me is that I have not missed a home game in 43 years and have attended every bowl game since 1981.

Who is your favorite Mountaineer player (past or present)?

WVU has had a lot of good players over the years but my favorite was probably Major Harris. I feel Major Harris put WVU on the map.  In my opinion, he was the first run and gun quarterback in college football.  He kept the game interesting and you never knew what move he would make next!

If you could go back and relive any Mountaineer moment, what would it be?

If I could relive any Mountaineer moment it would have to be “The Run” by Quincy Wilson in the 2003 game against Miami.

If you attended a University, what school, what was your major and when did you graduate ?

I did not attend a University, but if I had it would have been WVU!

My first Mountaineer memory is…

My first Mountaineer memory was watching the 1969 Peach Bowl on the Armed Forces Network while serving in Vietnam. It was a great day to be a Mountaineer then too!

Where do you currently live?

I live in Pond Gap, West Virginia.

John Schafer

John Schafer 

What is your favorite Mountaineer game you attended?

The 2005 triple overtime win over Louisville. We were down 24 - 7 with only a little over 8 minutes left in regulation time. We came back from 17 points down to tie it and send it to overtime. Freshman Steve Slaton scored an incredible six touchdowns after halftime and Pat White threw the pass for the two point conversion to win it!

In one word describe what being a Mountaineer means to you?

Pride

Share one Mountaineer fun fact about you.

I was co-captain of the varsity cheerleaders.

Who is your favorite Mountaineer player (past or present)?

Jevon Carter – How can you not love a kid who heads to the gym at 1 AM to work on his shooting after losing in the NCAA tournament?

If you could go back and relive any Mountaineer moment, what would it be?

During the 2012 Orange Bowl, the moment Darwin Cook stole the ball from a Clemson running back at the goal line and ran 99 yards for a touchdown, shocking the Tigers and paving the way for a 70 – 33 beat down.

If you attended a University, what school, what was your major and when did you graduate?

WVU, BS in Business Management, Cum Laude, 1982

My first Mountaineer memory is…

Going to the 1972 Peach Bowl in Atlanta with my family.

Where do you currently live?

487.7 miles from Mountaineer Field in Chapin, SC