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Ultimate Mountaineer Fan History

Past Winners

2022:  Jamie Moore

WVU male fan with gold polo and khaki Flying WV pants with other WVU memorabilia in background

Jamie has been dedicated to the gold and blue for over 70 years. Born and raised in West Virginia, this traveling Mountaineer has seen many bowl games over the years with his family of fellow WVU fans (including a cheerleader, a Mountaineer mascot and the wife of a Mountaineer). Jamie has also grown a massive collection of WVU memorabilia and gear that he shows off every chance he gets.

2021:  The Braxton Family

Braxton Family  Male and female fan in gold and navy  two female WVU fans at football game Two female in front of Braxton Hall display

The Braxton Family's Ultimate Mountaineer story is their family's story. Their family took a trip through life including life changing decisions, personal firsts, and the moments that defined our choices and life as Mountaineers. Their family's history starts from its roots in Virginia, to Pennsylvania's coal-country, to one of our sacred places, West Virginia University. It's a story that spans three generations. It began as WVU was integrated in the 1960's and continues to this day, six decades later.

2020:  Niki Gross

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Niki Gross was chosen as the 2020 Ultimate Mountaineer Fan. Her shirt design was voted as the 2020 Official WVU Fan Shirt and served as the inspiration for the Mountaineer Strong contest held this fall.

Win or lose, the Mountaineers are always an inspiration to Niki. Her design represents her passion and dedication to the teams that mean everything to her. She's Mountaineer strong and always will be.

2019:  Terry Keenan

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Terry Keenan was chosen as the 2019 Ultimate Mountaineer Fan. His shirt design was voted as the 2019 Official WVU Fan Shirt.

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 football game since 1975!

Terry also won a trip for two to the Big 12 Conference men’s basketball tournament in Kansas City!

2018: Joe Riffe

Male WVU fan in store pointing at hat

Joe Riffe was chosen as the 2018 Ultimate Mountaineer Fan. 51% of the votes were cast for Joe. He traveled to the Big 12 Championships to cheer on the Mountaineers in Kansas City. The hat Joe designed was sold at retail and is still available in stores and online at

2016-2017: Layne Veneri

Male student smiling at Downtown Campus with Woodburn in the background.

Layne Veneri was the 2016 Ultimate Mountaineer Fan and won a trip to Stillwater for the WVU game against Oklahoma State during Mountaineer Nation Day. He also got to visit TOW to design a WVU branded hat and was able to document his entire trip on WVU's social channels.

2015: Steven Saab

Steven Saab 

Steven Saab was voted the 2015 Ultimate Mountaineer Fan. As the winner, he received a trip to Norman during Mountaineer Nation Day to watch WVU take on Oklahoma. In addition, he toured Top of the World and designed his own WVU branded hat.

2013: Seth Ball

Male WVU fan with Coach Bob Huggins

Seth Ball was voted the 2013 Ultimate Mountaineer Fan. This honor was awarded to Seth as a part of Mountaineer Nation Day on Saturday, September 7, 2013. Seth grew up watching the Mountaineers. Being from Boone County, he was always amazed by the stadium and the 60,000 fans that packed it for each home game. He says, “I’m a WVU fan, because I have never lived my life any other way. It has always been about WVU to me, and I love representing the state and WVU."

2012: Stanley Gould

Stan Gould 

Stan Gould was named the Ultimate Mountaineer Fan in 2012, as a part of Mountaineer Nation Day. Gould won two Game Day passes, plus two suite tickets in the alumni box and a parking pass for the Kansas game, courtesy of the WVU Alumni Association. Included with the tickets was a WVU prize pack consisting of a Commemorative WVU Orange Bowl helmet and football, plus the 2012 Official WVU Fan Shirt and other great officially licensed WVU products.
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