College Hockey:
Williams Departs Neumann To Become UAH Assistant

— Following three successful seasons, Neumann coach Dennis Williams has left that program to join Alabama-Huntsville coach Danton Cole as assistant coach.

“It was tough to make the choice, but to have the opportunity to go to a Division I program and work under someone like Danton Cole and a program like UAH and their success they have built in the past is incredible,” said Williams. “It was a family decision. My wife enjoyed visiting the campus and Huntsville, and she was willing to pack up and let me pursue my dream and my goal.”

Taking over the duties of the Neumann program in 2004, Williams led the Knights to their most successful season in school history in 2006-07 as NC finished 17-5-5 earning a No. 3 ranking in the final USCHO.com poll of the season. With the Knights, Williams recruited and coached three All-Americans along with multiple all-conference selections.

“I am very excited of the opportunity to join Coach Cole and the UAH hockey program,” said Williams. “UAH is a program steeped in tradition and I look forward to joining the Chargers and the community. At the same time, I would like to thank Athletic Director Chuck Sack and Neumann College for giving me the chance and opportunity to coach the Neumann hockey program.”

Prior to taking over the reins of the Neumann program, Williams served as an assistant for one season at Utica following one season as a graduate assistant at Bowling Green where he completed his master’s degree in Marketing Education.

“We are very excited to have Dennis joining the Chargers” said Cole. “He put together a tremendous program in a short time at Neumann and is a tireless recruiter and administrator. Dennis will be intricately involved in all aspects of our program both on and off the ice. His professionalism and personality will be an instant hit with our players, faculty, alumni and fans. We look forward to Dennis and his wife Hollie joining our community here in Huntsville.”

USCHO ECAC West correspondent Scott Biggar contributed to this report.

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