- Where are you from?
I originate from a town called Blazes, New York. I was born around the origin of recorded history. I migrated east when I attended college at Fredonia State. The top-notch education, affordable tuition and great atmosphere got me hooked. I consider myself a Fredonian, and want to raise my little Devils right here.
- How many teams do you represent?
I represent 17 varsity teams, including cheerleading.
- How were you chosen to be school mascot?
I was chosen to be the mascot at Fredonia State following a tryout. The scouts had followed my progress through the high school ranks. I wanted to focus on academics, and turned down a few athletic scholarships and chose a Division III school – Fredonia State. I earned my degree in Education in four years, and minored in drama. I was invited to a mascot tryout in Steele Hall. It was pretty competitive – the San Diego Chicken, Philly Phanatic – all the big names were there. But since I was born blue and had oversized, cartoonlike features – and the school nick name was the Blue Devils, I was a slam dunk for the job – pun intended.
- Do you have any friends that are mascots?
The Duke Blue Devil is actually my little brother. He always looked up to me and I pushed him. I was tough on him. Glad to see his face on t-shirts all over the place. I’ve met Mike Sheh-shef-ski – not sure how you spell it. I am related to the Demon Deacon at Wake Forest and we text a lot. As far as friends, I was never a fan of furry creatures and the like, so no, not many friends in the biz.
- What is your favorite campus event?
I like Pink the Rink that our hockey team puts on every year. The event has made ESPN’s Top 10 plays and community support has been great. We have raised nearly $50,000 since we started it a few years back. Plus the arena is packed! A lot of other schools have followed suit, but we were the originals.
- What do you consider the ideal fan?
They should wear a lot of blue. Royal blue. A lot of it. They need to be a little bit crazy, but they need to be smart, too. No “cat calls” when we are at the foul line, know when to cheer and when to tone it down. I like a raspy voice, or a really annoying high-pitched voice. Anything to get under our opponents skin.
- What’s it like to be a mascot?
Mostly hot and sweaty, but I’m used to the heat. Other than that, it can be pretty polarizing. People either love or hate mascots. I try to win over young and old, alike. Mostly, I am there to enhance the fans’ experience.
- What do you like to do for fun?
Mostly singing and songwriting. We have a great music program here. I actually helped out on some Van Halen and Motley Crue hits -- Runnin’ with the Devil and Shout at the Devil to name a few.
- What is your favorite Broadway play?
The Lion King. Ever since Fredonia grad Gabriel Croom (1999) appeared as a giraffe in the broadway adaptation of the Disney hit, I’ve been hooked.
- What is your favorite New York State destination?
The Angola rest stop on Interstate 90. It’s the nearest Moe’s location.