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Montevallo Moves To Number One In The Bass Pro Shops School Of The Year Presented By Abu Garcia

San Antonio, TX – The Association of Collegiate Anglers announces the latest update to the standings for the 2023-24 Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia. This is college fishing’s only all-encompassing National Rankings system, and the race for this year’s title is just now past the halfway mark of the season. With hundreds of teams now preparing for the late winter and early spring stretch run of the season, it’s apparent that several schools are looking to climb into the Top 25 and finish as high up in the rankings as possible, while also hoping to crack that prestigious place in the Top 10 in the nation.

A familiar school has taken over 1st place as the University of Montevallo has moved up two places to be ranked number one in the most recent rankings of the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia. Carson-Newman University falls one place down to 2nd, and the University of North Alabama slides to 3rd after previously being ranked 2nd. Montevallo and UNA are both past multi-time winners of the School of the Year title, while Carson-Newman is looking to finish the year ranked number one for their first time ever.

Each of the Top 3 teams have competed in the same number of double points events on the season. With each team on equal footing at this point in February, the current standings provide a good snapshot of just how tight the race for that number one spot truly is.

Here is a look at teams that made significant moves up in the latest update to the standings for the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia:

4) Lander University – Previously Ranked 6th

7) Emmanuel University – Previously Ranked 13th

11) Adrian College – Previously Ranked 12th

14) University of Tennessee – Previously Ranked 15th

15 Drury University – Previously Ranked 16th

18) Dallas Baptist University – Previously Ranked 19th

21) Bryan College – Previously Ranked 24th

Click here to see the complete updated rankings.

The latest update to the standings for the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia featured a number of major shakeups inside of the Top 25. Along with the teams that made significant moves inside of the Top 25, Missouri State University was the lone team to move into the Top 25 after previously being ranked on the outside looking in. The team from Springfield, MO moved up three places in this points update, going from 27th previously to now being ranked 24th.

About the Association of Collegiate Anglers (ACA)

The Association of Collegiate Anglers (ACA) is a division of CarecoTV that was created to facilitate growth, development, and structure within competitive collegiate bass fishing, with emphasis on competitive fishing events nationwide. The ACA created the original BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Series 19 seasons ago. That single event has evolved into the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, which is now recognized as the longest-running consecutive collegiate bass fishing series in existence.

The ACA lineup of major college fishing events includes a variety of tournaments nationwide that are multi-day tournaments, all of which are televised on several networks, as well as streamed on a variety of connected platforms.  The ACA also provides support to numerous schools operating regional events nationwide which is an effort to provide more opportunities to grow the exposure and awareness of college fishing.

The ACA owns the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, Bass Pro Shops School of Year presented by Abu Garcia program, and associated assets which is widely regarded as the most comprehensive and prestigious collegiate bass fishing title today. 

Thanks in part to the large diversity of media exposure the ACA provides, the series boasts the largest amount of televised and streaming coverage of any collegiate fishing series. This includes a dedicated television series on numerous television networks and streaming platforms, as well as additional coverage of select events inside other programs. 

This combination includes coverage from Discovery Channel, CBS Sports, Bally Sports, Pursuit Channel, as well as other regional and national networks. You can also find coverage online at any time of past events thanks to coverage on and

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