Shannon Miller (ice hockey)

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Shannon Miller
UMD head coach Shannon Miller.jpg
Medal record
Representing  Canada
Women's Ice hockey at the Winter Olympics
Silver medal – second place 1998 Nagano Ice hockey
IIHF World Women's Championships
Gold medal – first place 1997 Tournament

Shannon Miller served as the head coach of the Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs women's ice hockey team from 1999 to 2015. In addition, she was the head coach of the Canadian national women's hockey team which claimed gold at the 1997 IIHF World Women's Championships, along with the silver medal in ice hockey at the 1998 Winter Olympics.

Playing career[edit]

Miller played in the first Canadian national championships in 1982.[1] Miller also refereed Canadian university hockey from 1982 to 1985. In 1985, she was a member of the Canadian Hockey Feminine Council and was president of the Southern Alberta Women’s Hockey League.[1] She helped to form the first ever girls minor hockey association in Calgary in 1989.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

She was an assistant coach for Team Alberta at the 1991 Canada Winter Games. In June 2011, Miller was named the coaching mentor for the Russian senior national team in preparation for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Hockey Canada[edit]

In addition, she was an assistant coach for Team Canada at the 1992 and 1994 Women’s World Ice Hockey championships.

Minnesota Duluth[edit]

On April 20, 1998, Miller was hired as the first head coach for the Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs women's ice hockey team.[2] On March 22, 2010, Duluth mayor Don Ness declared Friday, March 26, 2010 as "Shannon Miller Day'" in Duluth.[3] She is the most successful NCAA women's hockey coach in Frozen Four tournament wins (11) and NCAA Division I national championships (five). She reached her 250th and 300th career wins faster than any other head coach in NCAA Division I history. She is the third best Division I coach in wins and just one of two Division I coaches to reach the 200-win mark in eight seasons.

Heading into the 2011–12 Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs women's ice hockey season, Miller was chair of the Ethics Committee for US women's college hockey. In addition, she was a member of the NCAA Division 1 Championships Committee, one of only two coaches in the entire country to serve on both committees.[4]

On October 5, 2013, Miller became the 3rd coach in NCAA history to reach 350 career wins after a 6–1 win over the University of Connecticut at Amsoil Arena.[5] Miller's contract was not renewed beyond the 2014–15 season as part of an effort by the school to close a $4.5 million budget deficit.

Discrimination lawsuit against UMD[edit]

In September 2015, Miller and two other former UMD coaches, softball coach Jen Banford (whose contract also had not been renewed) and basketball coach Annette Wiles (who had resigned in June 2015 due to an alleged hostile work environment), filed suit against the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, alleging discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, age and national origin, and that UMD created a hostile work environment, violated equal pay laws and violated Title IX of the United States Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits sexual discrimination in education programs receiving federal financial assistance.[6]

Coaching record[edit]

Minnesota Duluth[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
University of Minnesota Duluth (Western Collegiate Hockey Association) (1999–present)
1999-00 Minnesota-Duluth 25–5–3 21–1–2 1st NCAA Quarterfinals
2000–01 Minnesota-Duluth 28–5–4 15–5–4 2nd NCAA Champions
2001–02 Minnesota-Duluth 24–6–4 16–5–3 3rd NCAA Champions
2002–03 Minnesota-Duluth 31–3–2 21–2–1 1st NCAA Champions
2003–04 Minnesota-Duluth 20–12–2 15–8–1 3rd
2004–05 Minnesota-Duluth 26–6–2 22–4–2 2nd NCAA Quarterfinals
2005–06 Minnesota-Duluth 22–9–3 18–7–3 3rd NCAA Quarterfinals
2006–07 Minnesota-Duluth 24–11–4 19–6–3 2nd NCAA Frozen Four
2007–08 Minnesota-Duluth 34–4–1 24–4–0 1st NCAA Champions
2008–09 Minnesota-Duluth 26–9–4 18–6–4 3rd NCAA Frozen Four
2009–10 Minnesota-Duluth 31–8–2 20–6–2 1st NCAA Champions
2010–11 Minnesota-Duluth 22–9–3 18–7–3 3rd NCAA Quarterfinals
2011–12 Minnesota-Duluth 21–14–1 15–12–1 4th
2012–13 Minnesota-Duluth 14–16–4 13–13–2 4th
2013–14 Minnesota-Duluth 15–15–6 11–11–6 4th
2014–15 Minnesota-Duluth 20–12–5 14–10–4 4th
Minnesota-Duluth: 383–144–50
Total: 383–144–50

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Petro Canada Coaching Excellence Award
  • 2000 WCHA Coach of the Year[7]
  • In 2003, Miller was part of the Bulldogs coaching staff that was named American Association of College Coaches' women's hockey coaching staff of the year.[8]
  • 2003 AHCA Coach of the Year[9]
  • YWCA's Woman of Distinction 2010 Award (celebrates women's leadership)[10]


Miller hails from Melfort, Saskatchewan. On May 2, 2012 at the federal courthouse in St. Paul, Minnesota, Miller became a United States citizen and now holds dual Canadian/American citizenship.


  1. ^ a b c Who's Who in Canadian Sport, Volume 4, p.307, Bob Ferguson, Fitzhenry and Whiteside Ltd., Markham, ON and Allston, MA, ISBN 1-55041-855-6
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "A celebration to honor the 2010 NCAA Champions will take place Friday". March 22, 2010. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ "MILLER'S 350TH WIN WITH UMD A 6-1 DRUBBING OF CONNECTICUT". Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  6. ^ Vancleave, Mark (28 September 2015). "3 former Duluth coaches file discrimination lawsuit". Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Retrieved 30 September 2015. 
  7. ^ [3]
  8. ^ Krista Morrissey (Media Contact) (March 14, 2007). "New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame to induct six (07/03/14)". New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 9 June 2010. 
  9. ^ "Women’s Award Winners" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  10. ^ [4]