University of Montevallo fishing team ranks No. 1 in the nation, followed by Auburn and UNA in top 10

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University of Montevallo Fishing Team in 2021 (University of Montevallo Fishing Team Facebook page)

There is a dynasty brewing at the University of Montevallo. The Bass Team is once again ranked No. 1 in the Bass Pro Shops 2022-2023 School of the Year standings, which were released in early January.

If they hold on, and continue to sit atop the standings Montevallo will win their 3rd Bass Pro Shops School of the Year title in a row.

Outfished 170 Teams

Presently, the team has outfished more than 170 other schools to achieve the hard-fought ranking by The Association of Collegiate Anglers.

The association manages the multifaceted Bass Pro Shops School of the Year program presented by Abu Garcia to rank and reward collegiate bass fishing teams throughout the country. The season began in June and ends in May.

“The fishing team’s extraordinary success at the national level is exemplary of a long-standing standard of excellence on our campus,” said President John W. Stewart III. “Everyone in the Montevallo family is committed  to student success and, as president, it is very meaningful to see students so devoted to their academic and extracurricular passions.”

Three Alabama Universities in the Top 10

It shouldn’t be surprising, Alabama, which is the headquarters for B.A.S.S. in Birmingham, has two other universities from the state ranked in the School of the Year top 10 rankings. They are:

Final Push 

According to Montevallo Head Fishing Coach William Crawford, fishing well during the second part of the season will be the key to winning the team’s third straight national title.

“It’s always good to be on top. We’re halfway through the season and as it stands right now, we’re the No. 1 team in the country. The biggest part of our season is the second half that we’re about to start in Florida. It doesn’t matter how you start but how you finish. As long as we can hold onto that No. 1 spot and come out on top, that’s the ultimate goal.”

Bookmark the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year Standings – and follow not only the three Alabama schools but all the participating schools from our state, including, University of Alabama, Southern Union State Community College, Calhoun Community College, Jacksonville State University and Troy University.

Pat Byington
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