Thu, 09 May 2013 02:46:17 GMT — While the Amarillo Bulls were snubbed when it comes to players on the 2012-13 all NAHL team, the franchise did receive two off ice post-season awards. Dennis Williams tops bench coach while Ryan Cole is the third straight Community Service Award winner, following Karl Beckman and Brooks Behling. ??2012-13 Coach of the Year:?? Dennis Williams, Amarillo BullsUnder the direction of head coach Dennis Williams the Amarillo Bulls secured a third straight Robertson Cup appearance, a third straight NAHL South Division playoff title, a second consecutive NAHL regular season title and highest point total, a second consecutive NAHL South Division regular season title.?? In addition, a league-leading 13 players on the current Amarillo roster have secured an NCAA commitment.?? Pretty remarkable numbers for a head coach finishing just his third season in the league.?? The Bulls also equaled their NAHL-record total of 99 points this past season, a mark that they also set last season.?? Their 46 wins and seven regulation losses both led the NAHL.?? The Bulls also finished the season as the #1 ranked offense and the #1 ranked defense in the league.?? Williams also was the coach of team Texas at the 2013 NAHL Robertson Cup Tournament. 2012-13 Community Service Award:?? Ryan Cole, Amarillo Bulls Ryan Cole??s Community Humanitarian project during the 2012-13 season was for Habitat for Humanity (H for H). H for H is an organization that has strong roots in local communities and builds houses for those who are less fortunate and would not be able to afford it. Ryan felt it was important to help lead the charge in regards to community outreach within the city of Amarillo. When he arrived at the beginning of the season he put together Bulls4Habitat, a charity that would raise money for Habitat for Humanity. His goal at the beginning of the year was to raise at least $5,000 for the organization and donate his time to help build houses in the community. As the year went on he organized and ran fundraising events at local Chili's, Youth Fun Houses, the Amarillo Discovery Center and at the rink during games to reach his goal. Ryan had a booth set up at home games offering up chances to donate to the Bulls4Humanity project as well as participate in auctions and raffles with proceeds going to B4H. These items were donated to the Amarillo Bulls specifically for the Habitat For Humanity project by local businesses. Ryan also managed to get an Autographed and personalized Rodney Atkins (Country Musician) Amarillo Bulls Jersey. The Jersey was also raffled off with all proceeds donated directly to B4H. At the end of the season over $7,000 and counting was raised by Cole and his efforts for the Amarillo Chapter of Habitat For Humanity. The most impressive and exciting part of the whole campaign is that the Amarillo Habitat For Humanity chapter has decided to dedicate their next built house to Ryan and his organization, Bulls4Habitat. Construction on the Bulls4Habitat house began on April 20th with a ground-breaking and special presentation made by Ryan and his teammates.
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