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A familiar face around campus, Paul Nemetz-Carlson returns to Quinnipiac as the Assistant Women’s Ice Hockey Coach, a position he previously held during the University’s inaugural Division I campaign in 2001-2002. He enters he third season and brings over 13 years of experience within the female game to the Bobcat staff, including five years as a successful Division III head coach, three leading a strong prep program and extensive time an assistant coach with two programs in the ECAC Hockey League.
From 2008 to 2011, Nemetz-Carlson served as the recruiting coordinator and assistant coach at Yale University. He managed both forwards and defensemen as part of in game duties. His principal responsibilities included recruiting, opponent scouting, directing the penalty-kill unit, and serving as the primary goaltending coach. During the 2010-2011 season, his hard work paid off as Yale’s goaltender Jackee Snikeris, earned the 2010-11 ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Year award and freshman forward Jackie Raines, finished among the top 3 for the league’s Rookie of the Year.
Prior to Yale, he spent five years leading one of the premier Division III Women’s Ice Hockey programs in the country. From 2003 to 2008, Nemetz-Carlson served as the head coach of the women’s ice hockey and women’s golf programs at Elmira College in Elmira, New York. As the head coach of the women’s hockey team, he compiled a remarkable record of 102-32-6 record against Division I and III opponents, winning three ECAC West Championships, and making four NCAA Tournament appearances - highlighted by two Final Fours and a runner-up finish in 2005 NCAA Division III National Championship. He twice earned recognition as an American Hockey Coaches Association National Coach of the Year Finalist in 2005 and 2008. While at Elmira, Nemetz-Carlson coached six different players who earned All-American honors, including the 2005 and 2009 Division III National Players of the Year.
He joins the Quinnipiac staff with strong pre-existing working relationships with both Head Coach Rick Seeley and Associate Head Coach Cassandra Turner. In Nemetz-Carlson’s first home game as the Elmira College Head Coach, Coach Seeley was behind the other bench in his first year leading the Clarkson Knights. Two seasons later, Nemetz-Carlson hired Coach Turner as his assistant at Elmira College, starting her very successful coaching career. In re-uniting this coaching pair, the Bobcats hope to build on past success. During their final year together at Elmira, Coach Nemetz-Carlson and Coach Turner helped pace a young team to a 19 win season through dominant special team play. That season Elmira led the all of college hockey in penalty kill percentage at 94% and set a then NCAA Division III record with 53 power play goals.
Nemetz-Carlson began his coaching career at Hebron Academy. In 2000, he led the girls’ hockey team to the Division II New England Prep School Championship and was named Hockey Night in Boston’s Division II Prep-Private Coach of the Year. While teaching middle and upper school history, he also served as the head varsity baseball and head varsity boys’ soccer coach.
In addition to his team success, he has been an active member of the hockey community. The past two summers, he was selected to coach at the USA Hockey National Development Camp in Rochester, NY and has been part of the New England Region’s Hockey Development staff for the past eight summers. Nemetz-Carlson served on the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey Rules Committee in 2007-2008 and currently holds membership in the ECAC and the Connecticut NIHOA officiating organizations. He spent five years as a voter in the USCHO Division III National Coaches’ Poll.
A native of Williamstown, Massachusetts, Nemetz-Carlson graduated in 1998 from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. He is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Sports Leadership at Northeastern University.
The Paul Nemetz-Carlson File
- 2nd stint at Quinnipiac after serving as an assistant coach during the program’s 1st year Division I season
- Served as an assistant coach with ECAC opponent Yale University from 2008-2011, and in 2002-2003.
- Division III Head Coach at Elmira College from 2003 to 2008
- Posted 102-32-6 all-time record against Division I and Division III teams
- Won 3 ECAC West Championships
- Led Elmira to 4 NCAA Tournament appearances, 2 Final Fours, and the 2005 National Championship Game
- Players have earned 6 All-American and 4 League Goalie of the Year Awards
- Coached 2005 National Player of the Year, Laura Hurd. Recruited and Coached Kayla Coady for 3 years prior to her winning the 2009 National Player of the Year Award.