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Kim Mathias, who has been with the Bulldogs since 2003 as an assistant coach, has been promoted to associate head coach for the 2008-09 season. Mathias works primarily with Yale's defense. During her five seasons as an assistant coach, all under Witt, the Bulldogs won 65 games and set the school record for wins in a season (16 in 2004-05). "Kim has worked very hard over the past five years to help this program grow," Witt said. "Her experience, work ethic and knowledge of the game make her a perfect fit for this position." Mathias began her coaching career as a volunteer assistant at Union in 2003. Prior to that she played forward and defense for Providence, graduating with a degree in finance in 2002. She captained the Friars to an ECAC Eastern Championship her senior year and won the team's Unsung Hero Award in 1999-2000. She finished her career with 42 goals and 63 assists, leading the team in assists twice (22 in 2001-02 and 17 in 1999-2000). Mathias also played in the USA Hockey Women's National Festival in the summers of 1999 and 2000. She is an Albany, N.Y., native and currently resides in Hamden, Conn. "It is a privilege to be a part of an institution like Yale and its athletic department," Mathias said. "I am honored by the trust and support Hilary Witt, Senior Associate Athletic Director Wayne Dean and Athletic Director Tom Beckett have all shown in giving me this new opportunity. With the addition of Paul Nemetz-Carlson to the staff, I look forward to the continued growth and success of the Yale women's hockey program."