Simpson University Bass Fishing Team Earns Top 100 National Ranking

REDDING, Calif.—Wrapping up its inaugural season, Simpson University’s bass fishing team is the highest ranked college team in California and is listed in the top 100 in the nation.

The Bass Pro Shops School of the Year Standings presented by Abu Garcia rank 315 college teams who competed in one or more of the three national collegiate bass fishing tournaments held at the end of February.

Simpson University is listed at No. 98, ahead of Chico State (No. 99), CSU Sacramento (No. 157), UC Merced (No. 161), CSU East Bay (No. 164), CSU Fresno (No. 169), Cal Poly (No. 170), Sonoma State (No. 175), Sac State (No. 245), CSU Long Beach (No. 254), Humboldt State (No. 265), and USC (No. 311).

In January, Simpson teams placed first, fifth and eleventh at the Wild West Bass Trail College Series on their home waters of Lake Shasta. At the end of February, team members Nathan Phillips and Ryan Beaty placed No. 14 in the Yeti FLW College Fishing National Championship in Leesburg, Fla., out of 160 teams.


Simpson University bass fishing team members Nathan Phillips, left, and Ryan Beaty earned a No. 14 finish in the FLW College Fishing National Championship in Florida in late February.

“We are very pleased to see such a high ranking in such a short amount of time,” coach Alex Thiemann said. “This meteoric rise is thanks to the strength of our student anglers, and their skill set as fishermen. We look forward to our next recruiting class, that will enable us to fish more tournaments with more teams.”

Bass fishing is a new club sport at Simpson University this school year, with six anglers participating under the guidance of Thiemann. The team has received generous support and sponsorship from local businesses, including Black Bear Diner, Harrison’s Marine & RV, and Phil’s Propeller.

Bass Fishing Team

The Simpson University bass fishing team is recruiting for the 2020-21 school year. To learn more, contact coach Thiemann at Follow the team on Instagram at SimpsonBass or Facebook at SimpsonBassTeam.


Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding 30 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 8-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is recognized nationally by Colleges of DistinctionSimpson has new athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team. The university is also working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements, and it is offering new scholarships.

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