Where are you from?
I’m from Herkimer County, located in the central part of New York State, hence why they call it Central New York. It’s a region rich in history and tradition, at the foothills of the Adirondacks, which has the largest park in the United States. It’s a diamond in the rough!
- How many teams do you represent?
I represent 19 Division III intercollegiate athletic programs that boast of 44 national championships, 97 Region III championship and 139 Mountain Valley Conference championships!
- How were you chosen to be school mascot?
It has been a long journey for me to become a Herkimer General mascot. I initially had to attend mascot school as a Major to refine my skills. Through numerous classes, seminars and internships in the span of many years, I eventually became a Colonel, and then General. Once a General, Herkimer College had me compete against other Generals in Herkimer County, trying to outduel the best in the business in a tactical affair. To make a long story shorter, I prevailed, allowing me to take my talents to the Northeast to represent Herkimer College as their primary mascot, the Herkimer General.
- Do you have any friends that are mascots?
I have had many friendships because of the mascot academy I went too. However it is a subject I typically do not like to discuss because of all the losses we have had to deal with. It takes a lot of blood, sweat and tears to become a General. To all of those whom have fallen, I’ve always tried to do my best, serving their memory the best way I can.
- What is your favorite campus event?
I have been extremely lucky to be a mascot for Herkimer College due to their success on the battlefield. It has been an honor and privilege to lead our administration, faculty and students in cheering for our men’s and women’s soccer and lacrosse programs that have hosted 24 National Championship tournaments at the College.
- What is your favorite television or movie animal?
My favorite movie animal is Milo from “The Mask.” He is loyal to his owner Stanley Ipkiss, like student-athletes are loyal to their coaches. Milo is always there, saving the day when his owner needs him the most--when he puts ‘the mask’ on his face. Student-athletes do the very same thing when entering the field of play. They put their game faces on, using everything their coaches have taught them to compete at a high level.
- What is your favorite food?
This is a difficult choice for me considering the multitude of choices we have with the MRE’s (Meals Ready-to-Eat) at the College. My go-to when I’m in a bind is the Southwest Chicken with Rice and Beans because I get a package of Skittles, but if it came down to something I could scarf down on a daily basis, I would go with the Homestyle Chicken & Noodles in Gravy!
- What do you consider the ideal fan?
The ideal fan at Herkimer College is one whom supports all of our 19 programs, not just the programs which win more. Being a part of Herkimer College means that you’re a General as well, thus undying support with tasteful attire and social media involvement helps show and prove why Herkimer College is the place to be.
- What’s it like to be a mascot?
Being a mascot, but more specifically a General in the form of a mascot, is like leading your team to battle in unfamiliar terrain and coming through due to superb execution. I see this on the playing field at Herkimer College on a daily basis. I see student-athletes never quitting, relying on each other to achieve a common goal. I love being able to share the same emotions with them. It brings us together, sharing similar achievements.
- What do you like to do for fun?
Wow this is a difficult question, probably the most difficult of them all. My life is consumed in being a Herkimer General. Everything I do involves thinking about others and helping them achieve their goals. When I’m not doing that, I dabble in shining national championship rings. It’s something I’ve become exceptional at here at Herkimer College. To see the reflection of a national championship ring off a student athlete’s face is indescribable! You think they’re elated? I live for those moments!