Americana Outdoors E-Magazine - August 2022

2022 Final Ranking: 3rd School of the Year Titles: 2 (2019, 2020)

is Carson-Newman University. The team from Jefferson City, TN receives a pre-season ranking of fourth, following a fifth-place finish in the 2021-22 race for the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia.

“We are very honored that our McKendree team has been ranked as one of the top five schools in the country,” said Jon Rinderer, Head Bass Fishing Coach at McKendree University. “It is very rewarding to know that our peers and industry leaders feel like we are doing all the right things to maintain a very solid program.” Following a third-place finish in the 2021-22 season of the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia, McKendree University is ranked third in the ACA pre-season poll. McKendree University has put together one of the best runs of any team in the nation over the course of the past seven years.

“It means the world to me and my program that we are considered a Top 5 team, especially because of how hard we all work,” said Ben Cully, Carson-Newman angler. “Top 5 sounds really good, however we all know our capabilities and want to continue our goal to win SOY.” Carson-Newman has been trending upwards over the course of the past five seasons, but did take a slight step back in 2021-22:

2016: 4th Place 2017: 5th Place 2018: 6th Place 2019: 1st Place 2020: 1st Place 2021: 2nd Place 2022: 3rd Place

McKendree University competed in all three ACA events this past season, earning 5,655 points. “With the new changes in the scoring mechanism, our primary goal is to have at least two solid finishes at every major tournament we fish and hopefully bring home another School of the Year Championship,” added Rinderer. Carson-Newman University

2022: 5th Place 2021: 4th Place 2020: 10th Place 2019: 20th Place 2018: 37th Place

Entering the 2022 Barnett Reservoir Rumble ranked third this past April, Carson-Newman had attained the team’s highest ever ranking in program history to that point. With a new season set to get underway, the team hopes to see the number one in front of their school’s name to finish the season. “Our main goal, without a doubt, is to win SOY this year. We’ve got some incoming freshmen this fall that will definitely boost our talents,” added

(1st Place Votes: 1) Jefferson City, TN

2022 Final Ranking: 4th

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