Seated, from left, are mother Jamie Nelson, Hunter Nelson, father Bradley Nelson and Katherine Young. Standing, from left, are brother Brock Nelson, Dalton High School athletic director Jeff McKinney, and Bryan head angling coach Mike Keen.
Dalton's Hunter Nelson has received a $9,000 fishing scholarship to Bryan College in Dayton and will be part of Bryan's inaugural bass fishing team.
The scholarship also covers practice expenses (gas), tournament entry fees, gas for tournaments, food, lodging and uniforms.
Bryan College, located on the banks of Lake Chickamauga - the seventh-ranked bass fishery in the country, has dedicated a great deal of their time, money and effort into producing an inaugural team that can compete in tournaments nationwide, officials said.
Dayton. Tn., hosted the FLW pros last year as they competed on Lake Chickamauga and is scheduled to hosts the B.A.S.S. pros & the college anglers this year.
Mike Keen is the head coach and assistants are Michael Neal, FLW pro currently in 21st place overall ($220,756 career winnings in three years) and Dave Parron, FLW angler.
Over 600 colleges are currently fielding bass teams/clubs. Bass fishing is currently the fastest growing collegiate sport with many high schools offering teams.
American Collegiate Anglers (the organization that all college teams compete under) currently has roughly 30,000 members.