Coach Shannon Miller

  • World-renowned hockey coach honored at the White House by the President of the United States five times.
  • Former Olympic Head Coach, three time World Champion and five time NCAA Champion.
  • United Nations Speaker on Title IX and Gender Equity.
  • Former Chair of the Ethics Committee for American Women College Hockey
  • Former NCAA Championships Committee Member
  • Won U.S. Federal Trial for Sex Discrimination and Retaliation for Title IX complaints

In March of 2018, Miller won a landmark federal case in the state of Minnesota for sex discrimination and retaliation of Title IX complaints. A case in the making for over three years, a jury of her peers from northern Minnesota decided unanimously in favor of Miller in less than four hours. The judgement awarded by the jury was in the amount of 3.74 million dollars. The federal judge topped up Miller’s award to $4.2 million dollars with the inclusion of future wage loss. This was a historical win for women all over the world and especially in athletics.

Coach Miller enjoyed great success as an assistant coach with Team Alberta, winning gold at the 1991 Canada Winter Games, and again with Team Canada, winning gold medals in the 1992 and 1994 World Championships. During this time, Miller was a police officer in Calgary. In the summer of 1994 Miller was hired to be the first female head coach of Team Canada. In 1995 Coach Miller was approached by the Olympic Oval, was asked to take a leave of absence and build the first ever Olympic Oval High Performance Hockey Program. Miller’s team won the gold medal at the 1997 World Championships and Shannon was named Canada’s first ever-female Olympic Head Coach and the youngest Head Coach at the 1998 Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan. Miller led her team to an Olympic silver medal. This would be the beginning of an intense rivalry between the United States and Canadian Women’s National Teams.

After Nagano, Coach Miller was recruited by the University of Minnesota Duluth to build a world class NCAA Division I Women’s Ice Hockey program. Miller and her teams came out of the gate quickly and won often, setting a new standard for the already existing Division I leagues. Miller was UMD’s only head coach for the 15 seasons achieving a lifetime NCAA record of 383-144-50 and winning an unprecedented five NCAA Championships. She owns a laundry list of records and accolades, with her five National Championships, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2010 still holding the NCAA record. Millers’s university teams advanced to 10 NCAA playoff appearances out of a possible 14, and advanced to seven times to the NCAA Frozen Four. She is one of just two coaches to crack the 200-win plateau in eight seasons and reached a 250th career win faster than any other head coach in NCAA Division I history. In 2013 Miller became one of three NCAA Division coaches to reach the 350-win milestone. She won four WCHA regular season titles (2000, 2003, 2008 and 2010) and five league playoff crowns (2000, 2001, 2003, 2008 and 2010). During this time Miller also completed her Masters Degree at the University of Minnesota. Coach Miller has been invited to the White House to be honored by the President of the United States on five separate occasions. Coach Miller has had a formidable impact on the growth and development of the women’s game at the local, national and international level. During her 15 years coaching in the NCAA, Miller produced 28 Olympians from several different countries, and worked as a mentor coach with national team coaches from Sweden and Russia. Shannon’s contributions helped grow the game in Calgary, across Canada, in the United States and around the world. With a global vision, and an inspiring approach, Miller has helped raise the bar and create inroads for many to the NCAA, the National Teams, and now the Women’s Pro League.

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