Rhea County angler signs with Bryan College

Rhea County’s Austin Goins inks with Bryan College anglers

Goins becomes fifth Golden Eagle angler to sign with the Lions

High school athletes with aspirations of playing at the collegiate level all have different priorities for what they want in a school. Generally, most would like to go an institution that can compete at the highest level and win championships.

For one Rhea County Golden Eagle Angler, that dream is now a reality and he didn’t have to go very far to find his home for the next several years.

Austin Goins—who has fished for Rhea County since his seventh grade year—will join the defending national champions of college fishing on the hill at Bryan College next fall.

Goins said the decision to stay at home and attend Bryan was a relatively easy one for him. Being able to join a program that already has plenty of momentum–and the trophy case to show for it–was a key factor.

“It’s great fit for me because I’ll still be able to live at home and join such a great program. I also considered Tennessee Tech but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity that Bryan offered me,” Goins said.

Rhea County head anglers coach Brian Derlak said he’s known Austin for a while and has enjoyed watching him progress not only as an angler, but as a young man. He is excited for his senior angler and believes he will be a significant contributor to the Bryan angler program.

“This is the part of coaching that I really get to enjoy and it is always one of my favorite days. We have a great partnership with Bryan College and while I hate to lose him I’m excited he’s joining such a great program with coach Keen and what those guys have been able to accomplish recently,” Derlak said.

“To be able to live at home, experience college and play for a national championship team, that’s a really cool deal. I just couldn’t be happier for Austin and the hard work he’s put in both in the classroom and on the water to make this opportunity possible,” he added….Full Story