June 24, 2020

University of Montevallo fishing team continues legacy of success

The University of Montevallo bass fishing team has been named one of the top teams in the nation by Bass Pro Shops, continuing its run as one of the most successful collegiate teams over the past several years.

UM placed second on the 2020 Bass Pro Shops School of the Year list following the conclusion of the 2019-2020 season, marking the team’s highest-ever rank on the list. This spring, the team posted an overall 3.0 GPA.

In the past year, the team has been crowned champions at the 2020 Alabama Bass Nation College State Championship, the 2019 FLW Southern Conference Championship and the 2019 Alabama Bass Nation College State Championship. The team placed third in the 2020 Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Lunker Challenge, placed fourth in the 2019 FLW National Championship and placed sixth in the 2019 Bass Pro Shops National Rankings.

“I think we see ourselves now as one of the best teams, if not the best team in the country, and we will all be gunning for that number one spot next year,” said team member Adam Carroll. “I think the thing I love the most about our team is our passion and drive to be the best we all can be, and how awesome the camaraderie is between each team and the team as a whole.”

The team has seen success for more than a decade, with high finishes in regional and national events since 2008.

The following students were on the 2019-2020 UM bass fishing team:

Justin Barnes Senior Monroeville, AL
Jarrett Brown Senior Montevallo, AL
Tyler Harless Senior Helena, AL
J.T. Russell Senior McCalla, AL
Adam Carroll Junior Carrollton, GA
Weston Hollar Junior Dadeville, AL
Miller Spivey Junior Tyler, AL
Hunter Ward Junior Rockford, AL
Jack Baron Sophomore Arnold, MD
Cal Culpepper Sophomore Hamilton, GA
Trey Dickert Sophomore Greer, SC
Cade Holcomb Sophomore Helena, AL
Bradley Martin Sophomore Pace, FL
Da’Kendrick Patterson Sophomore Ramer, AL
Kopeland Rosser Sophomore Helena, AL
Elliot Torode Sophomore Montgomery, AL
Drew Traffanstedt Sophomore Hoover, AL
Mason Waddell Sophomore Waverly Hall, GA
Merritt Arnold Freshman Warkinsville, GA
Jaxson Brown Freshman Birminghman, AL
Tyler Cain Freshman Bessemer, AL
Josiah Campbell Freshman Pelham, AL
Cole Dodson Freshman Gardendale, AL
Solomon Glenn Freshmen Lakeville, MN
Wesley Gore Freshman Clanton, AL
Trent Jones Freshman Thorsby, AL
Ethan King Freshman Wilsonville, AL
Grayson Morris Freshman Birmingham, AL
Chandler Olivier Freshman Maylene, AL
Griffin Phillips Freshman Mount Olive, AL
Chance Schwartz Freshman Ball Ground, GA
James Willoughby Freshman Gulfport, MS