Alumni Spotlight: Joey Kliest, Class of 2018

Raised in the high desert, Humboldt County ended up growing on Joey Kliest.

Now, like a lot of people, he grows in Humboldt County.


Name: Joseph (Joey) Yarn Dawg Kleist
Year Graduated: 2018
Major: Environmental Studies
Years Played at Humboldt: 2
Position: Midfielder
Hometown: Temecula
High School: Great Oak High School

What are you up to now?
Currently chillin living in Arcata and working full time in the legal cannabis industry 🤙🏼

How did you end up at Humboldt and joining the team?
I practiced with the team a bit my freshman year but needed to step away and focus on classes. It wasn’t until my junior year that I came back and gave it another run. I wish I would have played all 4 years but once you drink the water once you’re a Hog for life.

What’s your favorite lacrosse moment at Humboldt? On or off the field
The Benderrrrr, nothing like heading up to Oregon with the boys every fall to play in the tournament. One year we almost got stuck in the snow trying to pit stop at Crater Lake on our way up there. (I may or may not have been the one shouting out directions from the back of the van) hahahaha

Do you ever get a chance to get back to Humboldt County at all? What places would you visit or where would you go to eat/drink?
I fell in love with this place when I moved here in 2014 and haven’t left since. Some of my favorite places are the rope swing river spot out in Kneeland or Maple Creek. Nothing better than spending your days out at the river during the summer. On sunny days I like to align my chakras and eat in the back garden at Cafe Phoenix/@cafephoenixarcata when I’m feeling healthy. Also can’t forget @tscafenorth mimosas baby.

What does lacrosse mean to you?
Brotherhood. The bonds you forge from going to battle with your fellow Hogs and putting everything on the line create a special connection and generate memories that live on forever. You become one big family for life.

What would you tell someone if they were thinking about going to Humboldt?
I think everyone should experience living in a place like Humboldt at least once in their lives. This place is special and there’s not anywhere else quite like it.