Dallas Baptist Announces deal, Legend Boats and Mercury Marine

Dallas Baptist University

DALLAS – Dallas Baptist University is honored to announce a three-year, exclusive sponsorship agreement with Legend Boats and Mercury Marine. Ryan Erwin, DBU’s Director of Athletics shared, “We are very blessed and excited about the partnership with Legend Boats and Mercury Marine. Both of these companies are considered to be one of the best in the industry and we are honored to have the Patriot Bass Fishing Team using their equipment.”

With this agreement, DBU’s student-anglers will have access to two, fully-equipped, 20 foot Legend bass fishing boats, powered by Mercury engines for intercollegiate competition. “At DBU, we feel that under the direction of Connor Smith and support from former professional champion angler Scott Darragh, along with our top of the line equipment, the Patriot Anglers will be able to be competitive in all areas of the collegiate bass fishing arena. We have no doubt that we are setting up the DBU student-anglers to be successful and ‘Champions for Christ’,” Erwin stated.

Randy Qualls, President of Legend Boats said, “I am very impressed with the vision and direction of the DBU Bass Fishing program. Legend Boats is excited to be involved with a program that is on the cutting edge of competitive collegiate fishing. Being involved with the DBU program at such an early stage will allow the partnership to grow together.”

Dean Smith, CEO of Legend Boats said, “We see Dallas Baptist University’s Bass Fishing Team as a pioneer program of collegiate bass fishing. After seeing DBU’s vision and direction, we wanted to be involved with the program from the very start.”

“Mercury Marine has supported collegiate fishing for years. However, the goals and direction that DBU is taking with their program is quite impressive. We expect the partnership between DBU and Mercury Marine to grow in the coming years,” said Michelle Kilburn, Manager of Tournaments and Endorsements for Mercury Marine. Dallas Baptist University will support and allow for the Patriot Bass Fishing Team to compete at the local, regional, and national levels. The Patriot Bass Fishing Team will compete on all existing major collegiate bass fishing circuits.

High school or college students interested in Patriot Bass Fishing should visit DBU’s athletic website at www.dbupatriots.com and click on “Join the Team” to fill out the bass fishing recruiting questionnaire.

For more information on Dallas Baptist University’s Patriot Bass Fishing Team, contact DBU’s Assistant Director of Athletics, Connor Smith at 214-333-5324, or via email at connors@dbu.edu.

Dallas Baptist University is a comprehensive Christ-centered university dedicated to producing servant leaders through the integration of faith and learning. With an enrollment of 5,470 students and its main campus located in the foothills of southwest Dallas, and academic centers located in Plano, the Hurst-Colleyville area, and in Mansfield, DBU offers 67 undergraduate majors, 22 graduate degrees in a variety of fields, 38 dual-degree programs, and two doctoral programs—a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. DBU provides nationally recognized programs in adult education and online education. More information about Dallas Baptist University can be found at www.dbu.edu or by calling 800-460-1DBU or 214-333-5360.

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