FSU's Famulak Recipient Of Prestigious Award

FSU's Famulak Recipient Of Prestigious Award

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Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University men's ice hockey associate head coach Drew Famulak has been named as the 2012 American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) Terry Flanagan Award winner.

Named in honor of the former University of New Hampshire player and Bowling Green State University assistant coach, the award honors an assistant coach's career body of work.

Famulak, who is currently in his 19th year as a coach at Ferris State, started his coaching career in 1990 as a graduate assistant at Miami under current Denver head coach George Gwozdecky. In August, 2003, Famulak was promoted to associate head coach at Ferris State, the same year (2002-03) that the Bulldogs staff was honored as the NCAA Coaching Staff of the Year after capturing the CCHA regular season title and advancing to the NCAA Final Eight. 

Presently, the Bulldogs are ranked among the nation's top six teams in two collegiate hockey polls and presently atop the CCHA standings this season with six regular-season games remaining in the 2011-12 campaign.

In the last six years, Ferris State has enjoyed four winning seasons, including a trip to the CCHA Championship at Joe Louis Arena and the CCHA Frozen Four. Since Famulak's arrival at Ferris State in 1993, he has been instrumental in recruiting and coaching the following student athletes:

• Nine All–Americans (none before his arrival)
• 17 All CCHA Players-First and Second teams combined
• Six All CCHA Rookie Team
• Two All CCHA Offensive Defensemen
• Two CCHA Scoring Leaders
• One CCHA Player of the Year
• One Hobey Baker Memorial Award Hat Trick Finalist
"Drew has been an extremely loyal coach who has had numerous opportunities to leave for other programs — many perceived as 'bigger programs' — over the years but has remained steadfast in his desire to build a winning program here at Ferris State University," said FSU head coach Bob Daniels. "Drew is also extremely well liked and respected within the campus community at Ferris. This includes faculty and administration. His attention to detail regarding our players education is appreciated by not only the players and their parents, but by the professors as well."
Famulak, along with the ACHA's other award winners (below), will be honored at the 2012 AHCA Convention in Naples, Fla., April 26-29, 2012.

Along with his coaching duties, Famulak serves as the Bulldog Hockey's recruiting coordinator and through his tireless efforts, Ferris State has been able to land some of the program's top recruiting classes in the last 11 years, including Hobey Baker Hat Trick Finalist and first-team All-American Chris Kunitz, who's presently skating with the NHL's Pittsburgh Penquins.

Famulak was instrumental in helping FSU post its best season ever at 31-10-1 overall in the program's history and securing its first-ever CCHA Regular-Season title in the 2002-03 season. As a result of the success, Famulak was part of a FSU coaching staff which was recognized as the AHCA's 2002-03 National Coaching Staff of the Year.

Success has accompanied Famulak on every hockey level, both as a student-athlete and coach. As a collegian, he played right wing for Lake Superior State's 1988 NCAA Division I championship team and also for a pair of NCAA Division III champions at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. His coaching experience in the CCHA includes a two-year stint (1990-92) at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he helped recruit the freshmen class for the RedHawks' 1993 CCHA champions.

Famulak has an impressive background in fundraising, scouting and recruiting at the junior hockey level. In 1992-93, he served as head coach and general manager for the Yorkton Terriers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL). At Yorkton, he coached the Terriers to a second-place finish while five of his players earned NCAA Division I scholarships.

Famulak played his junior hockey for the SJHL's Melville (Saskatchewan) Millionaires and totaled 69 points (31 goals and 38 assists) during the 1984-85 season. As a collegiate, he played right wing for Lake Superior State University's 1988 NCAA Division I championship team and also for a pair of NCAA Division III champions at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He was inducted into the Lake Superior State Athletics Hall of Fame as a member of the Lakers' 1987-88 national championship team on Oct. 22, 2005.

He received his bachelor's degree in business administration-management in 1990 from Wisconsin-Stevens Point and holds a master's degree in sports organization from Miami University (1993).

Famulak, and his wife, Cheryl, are the parents of two children - Ian and Emma. The family resides in Grand Rapids, Mich. He's a member of the American Hockey Coaches Association.

1997 Terry Flanagan Bowling Green
1998 Bob Saunders HC, RPI, UMB, NU
1999 Glen Kulyk UMD
2000 Mel Pearson Michigan
2001 Brian Durocher AIC, Colgate, Brown, BU
2002 Kevin Houle Plattsburgh
2003 Stu Irving Merrimack College
2004 Tom Newton MSU, WMU
2005 Grant Standbrook Maine, Wisconsin
2006 Bill Powers Michigan
2007 David Lassonde UNH, Miami, Wisconsin
2008 Dave Peters Dartmouth
2009 Steve Miller Miami, Denver
2010 Andy Slaggert Notre Dame
2011 Brian Hills RIT

Other 2012 ACHA award winners include:
JOHN MACINNES AWARD: Phil Grady, Hamilton College
JOHN MARIUCCI AWARD: Tom Osiecki, Burnsville High School (MN)
JIM FULLERTON AWARD: Wally Odell, Minnesota Hockey
JOE BURKE AWARD: Bob Allen, USA Hockey and Lake Placid Olympic Center