FEATURED YOSEF CLUB MEMBERS OF THE MONTH – February 2017
Charles & Caitlin Haynes
1) Are you alumni of Appalachian State University? If so what year did you graduate?
"Yes, Charles ’03 & Caitlin ‘06"
2) What made you become an Appalachian State Mountaineer fan?
Charles: "I owe all of my fandom to my father, Donald Haynes ’70 ’83 who took me to football games when I was a young boy. At first it was a game or two a season, but as I grew older, I wanted to go to every game. I have been hooked ever since."
Caitlin: "I ran into Charles through mutual friends when I was a freshman, where we eventually dated, got engaged and married. The more time we spent together, it became more and more clear that being a Mountaineer fan was going to become a big part of our life."
3) What is your favorite memory of Appalachian State Athletics?
Charles: "I have seen a few more games than Caitlin, but I am not sure I can narrow it down to one memory or one game. We’ve seen all the national championships and bowl wins in person, and of course that win in 2007 over that team from up North. I made it to Charlottesville in 2012 when baseball made a fantastic run to the regional final. I drove to Nashville to watch men’s basketball play in their first NCAA tournament game in 21 years, and countless others. If I had to choose one, it would be the memory of the first national championship. Beating Furman in the semifinal, and ultimately knocking off Northern Iowa with a second half comeback was the first big step into moving Appalachian athletics back into national relevancy."
Caitlin: "Through the years we have been very fortunate to get to travel to many away games to see our Mountaineers play but my most memorable game was going to our first national championship in 2005. The amount of App fans that descended on Chattanooga made it feel like a home game at the Rock. Getting to watch the win and storm the field as a senior was the perfect end to to my college experience."
4) In your opinion, what is the best part of a home football game at Appalachian State on a fall Saturday?
"We’ve been known to host a tailgate or two and that by far is our favorite part. Obviously, winning a game is a big deal, but you can’t lose a tailgate. Being able to see all of our Appalachian family while enjoying good food and drinks is a big part of our gameday."
5) What makes you most proud of Appalachian State?
"The entire athletics department, from coaches and student-athletes to administrators do things the right way. Not every sport can have a winning record each season, but the people that make Athletics work keep focused on the task at hand by keeping students focused in the classroom and in the community."
6) What made you decide to start supporting the education of current Appalachian State student-athletes through the Yosef Club?
Charles: "There wasn’t a significant event that marked the beginning of my support, but there was a person. Gerald Adams pulled me aside on a sunny day in Boone about a decade ago into his office in Owens Field House. Gerald plainly put it to me, that it was time to start giving. That conversation was all it took to convince me that supporting Appalachian was simply the right thing to do."
7) What advice would you give to other members of the App State family who are wondering what they can do to help the Yosef Club and Appalachian State athletics as a whole?
"The easiest advice we can give to those who are considering to support Appalachian Athletics is to start now. It does not have to be much, but getting a start is the most important step. It makes giving more later on life so much easier. For those who cannot support financially, give your time. There are plenty of athletics events that do not require a ticket and the student-athletes know you are there and appreciate it."