Hilary Witt Named Assistant Coach for USA Hockey Under-22 Team

Yale Mentor Has Extensive Experience with U.S. Program

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale women's hockey head coach Hilary Witt has been named an assistant coach for USA Hockey's Under-22 Select Team. She will coach at the 2010 USA Hockey Women's National Festival Aug. 13-21 in Lake Placid, N.Y., and the team's three-game series in Canada in Aug. 18-21.

Witt has a history of involvement with USA Hockey. She played on the U.S. National Team in 2000-01 and was an assistant coach for the U.S. team in 2006-07, earning a silver medal at the 2007 IIHF Women's World Championship along with former Bulldog defenseman Helen Resor '09.

Witt joined the Bulldogs as an assistant coach in 2001-02 before moving up to the head coach role the following season. She was named ECAC Women's Coach of the Year in 2002-03, and became Yale's all-time leader in wins in 2005. The 2004-05 squad set the school record for overall wins (16) and conference wins (12), earning a trip to the ECAC semifinals for the first time. The 2007-08 team broke the school record for goals in a season with 96 and finished with the second-most wins in school history, 15.

Witt is Northeastern's all-time leading scorer and helped the Huskies to a pair of Beanpot championships (1997 and 1998) along with the 1997 ECAC championship. Overall she totaled 113 goals, 95 assists and 208 points for her career (1997-2000). She was a three-time finalist for the Kazmaier Award as the top women's player in college hockey.

A communications major at NU, Witt graduated from Canton (Mass.) High School in 1996. She is a member of the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame, Northeastern's Hall of Fame and the Women's Beanpot Hall of Fame.

In addition to Witt, many other members of the Yale program have been involved with U.S. women's national teams. Resor was the first Yale women's ice hockey player to make the Olympics when she played for Team USA and earned a bronze medal in Torino in 2006. She also has two gold medals (2005, 2009) and one silver (2007) with the U.S. at the IIHF World Championships. Forward Crysti Howser '09 was a member of USA Hockey's Under-22 Select team in 2007 and 2008, playing in the annual three-game series against Team Canada. She scored a goal for the U.S. in 2008.

Additionally, forward Maria Dennis '88 was on the 1990 U.S. Women's National Team that earned silver at the first IIHF Women's World Championship, and goaltender Laurie Belliveau '98 was on the U.S. Women's National Team that earned silver at the 1999 IIHF Women's World Championship. Also, former Yale men's hockey assistant coach Ben Smith coached the U.S. women's team at the Olympics three times, winning a gold medal in 1998, and now serves as a National Team advisor. Former Yale equipment manager Ed Maturo was equipment manager with the U.S. Women's Olympic Team in 2006 and the U.S. Men's Olympic Team in 1994.

A number of current Bulldogs have been involved in other USA Hockey programs recently. At the same time Witt's selection as assistant coach with the U-22 team was announced, USA Hockey also announced that rising senior goalie Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.) has been selected for the Warren Strelow Goaltending Camp for the third time. She will train as part of a group of 12 of the top female goaltenders in the country May 27-30 in Ann Arbor, Mich. Four other Bulldogs – rising sophomore goalie Erin Callahan (Kenilworth, Ill.), rising junior forward Aleca Hughes (Westwood, Mass.), rising senior forward Bray Ketchum (Greenwich, Conn.) and rising sophomore defenseman/forward Natalie Wedell (Arden Hills, Minn.) -- participated in USA Hockey's Open Olympic Team Tryouts last year.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity