Steve Miller Named Assistant Men's Hockey Coach

    Steve Miller (photo courtesy of the University of Denver)

    Steve Miller (photo courtesy of the University of Denver)

    June 23, 2014

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. -

    Providence College men's hockey Head Coach Nate Leaman has announced the addition of assistant coach Steve Miller to his staff (June 23). Miller spent 20 seasons as an assistant and associate coach at Denver, helping the Pioneers to two NCAA National Championships.

    "We are extremely excited to be adding Steve to our staff," Leaman said. "He will bring a tremendous amount of knowledge, hard work and experience to the position, including winning national championships, and we are equally as excited to be adding such a great person to our staff."

    "I am just so thankful for the opportunity to be joining this great the staff with coach Leaman and coach Barr," Miller said. "I am really excited to be able to help continue building on the Providence College hockey tradition and can't wait to get started."

    In October of 2013, Miller was named the first general manager and head coach of the United States Hockey League's (USHL) expansion franchise in Madison, Wis.

    Prior to his stint in Madison, Miller spent 20 seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Denver, serving as an associate head coach during his final three seasons with the Pioneers. Miller was named an assistant coach at Denver beginning with the 1994-95 season.

    During his tenure at Denver, Miller helped lead the Pioneers to back-to-back NCAA National Championships in 2004 and 2005 and the Pioneers totaled 12 NCAA appearances. Denver also won three WCHA regular-season championships and four WCHA Tournament ("Final Five") titles while Miller was there.

    At Denver, Miller coached and recruited 41 NHL Draft picks, 55 All-WCHA honorees, 14 World Junior Championship participants, 15 All-Americans, one Hobey Baker Award winner, four WCHA Student-Athletes of the Year, three WCHA Defensive Players of the Year, two WCHA MVPs, one WCHA Rookie of the Year and two Frozen Four Most Outstanding Players.


     

     

    In 2009, Miller earned the prestigious American Hockey Coaches Association's (AHCA) Terry Flanagan Award, which recognizes an assistant coaches' career body of work.

    Miller played college hockey at St. Mary's University of Minnesota, where he earned a bachelor of arts in public administration.  He played three years of varsity hockey, collecting honors as Most Inspirational Player his sophomore and senior years and he was named Most Improved player as a sophomore.  He helped St. Mary's to its first MIAC championship in 23 years and the team also set a school record for victories in a season (22).

    Miller then began his coaching career at his alma mater, helping St. Mary's capture the 1989 MIAC playoff championship and reach the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament. Next, he served as a graduate assistant coach at Miami University for two seasons under Head Coach George Gwozdecky before moving with Gwozdecky to Denver.

    Miller and his wife, Heidi, have three children, daughter Alexis and sons, Cole and Connor.

    Information from www.denverpioneers.com was used in this release.