I love cheering up the crowd and the positive effect it creates just being around people.Jose Reyes
Senior, marketing major and Panhandle baseball player Jose Reyes was excited and eager to don the mascot head for the first time, and has since developed his own personality and charisma for No Man Dan.
One could surmise it runs in the family, as Reyes’ mother, Christine, was a Loboette- the school mascot for Levelland High School in Levelland, Texas. “I love cheering up the crowd and the positive effect it creates just being around people,” says Reyes. Adults and students alike have taken a liking to No Man Dan and his game-time antics, and children love to seek him out for a hug and a high-five.
No Man Dan is always bursting with energy and Aggie adulation, but a side of him also has a proclivity for mannered mischief. “I feel invincible in the uniform,” says Reyes. “Some things I can do I would probably be kicked out for if I wasn’t wearing the mascot uniform,” he continues, as we see him practicing his 3-point shot during halftime at basketball games. When he isn’t animatedly contesting calls or having a bit of fun with the referees, No Man Dan is stepping along with the cheerleaders and getting the crowd revved up for the Aggies.
The newly beloved figure was introduced in grand fashion during the Fall Homecoming Pep Rally in front of hundreds of students, staff and fans. In the week’s preceding his first appearance, a campus-wide campaign and mascot naming contest took place, giving everyone the chance to be a part of Panhandle State history. Names were submitted by student organizations and each athletic team, and three top prospects were sent out via email to the entire Panhandle State campus. Hundreds of votes were received, with “No Man Dan” reining as the clear-cut winner. The name embodies the region of No Man’s Land in which the school was proudly founded back in 1909.
Jose is originally from Kansas City, Mo. and the opportunity to further his education and baseball career attracted him to Goodwell. His favorite thing about Panhandle State is the people. Aggie fans will be seeing a lot more of Jose Reyes as Aggie baseball opens at home on January 26.