Mathias Promoted, Nemetz-Carlson Named Assistant Coach

July 16, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale head coach Hilary Witt announced two changes to her staff Wednesday. Kim Mathias, who has been with the Bulldogs since 2003 as an assistant coach, has been promoted to associate head coach. Paul Nemetz-Carlson, who helped revitalize the program as an assistant coach in 2002-03 before spending the last five seasons as head coach at Elmira, has returned to the Yale bench as an assistant coach.

Mathias, who joined the Yale staff when Nemetz-Carlson left, 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."

Nemetz-Carlson was on the Yale staff for Witt's first season as head coach, 2002-03, when the Bulldogs broke the school record for conference wins and Witt was named ECAC Coach of the Year. That year he helped recruit Yale's Class of 2007, which eventually graduated with more wins than any class in school history (54). Nemetz-Carlson then took over the Elmira program. He was a finalist for the AHCA Women's Ice Hockey Division III Coach of the Year award last year after leading the Soaring Eagles to a 23-6-1 record and third-place finish at the NCAA Division III Championship.

That was the fourth NCAA tournament appearances for Elmira under Nemetz-Carlson's leadership, including an appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship game in 2004-05. Nemetz-Carlson's overall coaching record was 102-32-6 (.750), and he was 53-10-3 (.826) in ECAC West play. His team set the NCAA Division III record for power play goals in a season (53) in 2006-07. He also served as the women's golf coach at Elmira.

"I am thrilled that Paul has decided to come back to Yale to help make this program the best it can be," said Witt. "He brings back a wealth of experience after being at Elmira for the past five years. He will add an exciting new dynamic to this program."

Prior to his first stint at Yale, Nemetz-Carlson was the recruiting coordinator and assistant coach at Quinnipiac University. A native of Williamstown, Mass., he graduated from Bates in 1998 with a degree in Latin American Studies and was captain of the ice hockey team. He then spent three years teaching and coaching at Hebron Academy in Hebron, Maine.

In Nemetz-Carlson's three years with the Hebron girls' ice hockey program, the team went 49-8-3. That included the 2000 Division II New England Prep School Girls Ice Hockey Association Championship. Nemetz-Carlson was named Hockey Night in Boston's New England Women's Prep-Private Division II Coach of the Year that season. While teaching middle and upper school history, he also served as the head varsity baseball and head varsity boys' soccer coach.

At Yale Nemetz-Carlson will work with the forwards.

"I am excited to return to Yale and the women's hockey program," said Nemetz-Carlson. "From the athletic, social and academic perspectives, I am impressed by the constant push for excellence exhibited by the University, the Athletic Department, and the program's dynamic leaders in Coach Witt and Coach Mathias. I look forward to working with a group of outstanding, talented hockey players and being able to bring some of my experience to the very positive future of Yale Women's Ice Hockey."

Yale opens the 2008-09 season at New Hampshire on Oct. 25. The Bulldogs' first game at Ingalls Rink, which is in the midst of a multi-million dollar renovation, is Nov. 7 vs. St. Lawrence.

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