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DENISON, TX -- A volunteer coach in a travel softball league for teens is up for special recognition, and its all thanks to his players and their families.

One of the players and her mom found a contest on the website MyPlates.com for the Coach of the Year, and decided to nominate him. Tonight we asked the players why he's so special to them.

It's been 20 years since Terry Williams started coaching softball. His daughter started at age 4.

"It's my vice I guess. It's my guilty pleasure. It's fun. If I had a rough week at work, I get away when I'm on the softball field," says Williams.

The North Texas Impact Fastpitch team of 14 girls, who are ages 14 to 18, practice on Saturdays in Sherman and Denison and two or three times a month, they go on the road to tournaments.

"It's kind of like a stress reliever to just get everything out of the way and have fun besides like school and school work," says center fielder Deohndra Harris.

"Softball seems like another place where I can bond with some of my friends and also have fun being competitive with them," says pitcher/outfielder Jaydan Hunt.

After knowing him since age 7, one of the players, now a high school senior, recently nominated him in an online contest.

"Me and my mom did. We found it and we just thought that Terry was a good candidate for it," says catcher Hailey Jackson.

"Shocked and very very flattered. Overwhelmed actually," says Williams. "You know you have that feeling that they're close to you, but you don't realize how much you mean until someone does something like that and then you're like okay and that makes it all worth it. I'm making a difference. I'm doing something that's gonna carry on as a legacy."

Players say Williams is helpful and encouraging as they try to get college softball scholarships. At the same time, they say when they get on the field, it's a very competitive game.

"It's serious on the field. He takes playing very seriously," says Jackson.

"He doesn't go off on us when we do mistakes, he helps us keep our head up," says Hunt.

Williams says out of a high school team, maybe two will play in college, so he talks to the coaches to advocate for his girls.

"I'm trying to get a scholarship so it's something I need to do," says Shelby Lindsey, who plays second base.

"I had five seniors last year. All five seniors got scholarships for softball," says Williams.

The contest voting will end on November 8 and the winner will receive $25,000 for their team.