"The selection process this year has been remarkably competitive," said Andrew Cogar, former Mountaineer and committee chairman. "The extraordinary quality of the candidates made the choice difficult."
Hinrichs is a trombone player and four-year member of "The Pride of West Virginia" Mountaineer Marching Band.
"We (the selection committee) are confident that Trey will be an outstanding ambassador for the University and the State," Cogar commented. "He is a very articulate and enthusiastic young man, and a devoted servant of the community."
Matt See, a sophomore public relations major from Romney, will serve as the Mountaineer alternate, a mascot who will work mostly when WVU has two conflicting events or when Hinrichs is unable to attend.