Dayton, Tenn. – The highly recognized Bryan College Lions Fishing Program is glad to announce the signing of their first-ever female anglers in Hollie Reagan and Briana Tucker.
In just their third season in existence, the Bryan Lions have already achieved 18th and 6th place finishes in the running for Cabela's School of the Year, while currently sitting at No. 2 behind top-ranked Auburn University (Ala.). They have added to their experienced arsenal with the new duo of Reagan and Tucker.
Reagan was the first of the two to sign. It has been a long time coming for Reagan to become a Lion. Bryan Head Fishing Coach, Mike Keen began working on getting her to come to Bryan three years ago, before she decided to go to Walter's State Community College (Tenn.) and has been studying there the past two years. While they don't have a fishing team, she remained extremely active and continued to sharpen her skills on the water alongside her dad in numerous tournaments.
Tucker comes to Dayton from Hartselle High School in Hartselle, Ala. where she got on Bryan's radar earning the reputation as one of the best female anglers in the entire state of Alabama. She began competing in bass tournaments at the age of eight and hasn't looked back since, compiling numerous awards and achievements. One highlight of her career was when she landed the biggest fish and totaled 16.73 points on a five-bass limit during the fourth annual Timmy Horton High School Bass Anglers Challenge on Pickwick Lake in October of 2016 to take the crown.
"We've looked for a pair of ladies for a long time," said Keen. "And we haven't been able to find the right Bryan-fit until now."
When asked about the transition of introducing two females onto the team, Keen responded, "These two ladies have become really good friends and will be rooming together and fishing together. We are very glad to have them join the team and are looking forward to what they'll be able to accomplish and add to the team."
One of the hurdles in the past is the ability to bring anglers in who own and know how to operate equipment. Keen said, "Both own their own boats and are well versed. They'll be paired up together in the same boat, making a true female team that will compete with the best of them."
Reagan is planning on majoring in pre-nursing, having already received her Emergency Medical Technician certification, and aspires to be a flight nurse. Tucker will be continuing her education in the study of business.