Steve Miller, who helped the U.S. to back-to-back medal finishes in 2017 and 2018, returns as a U.S. National Junior Team assistant coach for the third consecutive year. A year ago, he helped the U.S. claim a bronze medal on home ice at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo, N.Y., after serving on the staff that led the United States to a gold medal at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in Montreal and Toronto, Canada.
A three-time NCAA national champion as an assistant coach (Providence - 2015; Denver - 2004, 2005), Miller recently completed his first season as an associate head coach for the Ohio State University men’s ice hockey team that reached the 2018 NCAA Frozen Four. Miller’s collegiate coaching career began in 1989 and has seen him contribute to 18 NCAA Tournament berths, four Frozen Four appearances, six conference tournament titles and four regular-season league championships during his time with St. Mary’s University, Miami University, University of Denver, Providence College, Air Force Academy and now at Ohio State University.
Prior to joining Ohio State in July 2017, Miller spent two seasons (2015-17) as the director of hockey at Air Force Academy and saw his sophomore campaign with the Falcons result in a 2017 Atlantic Hockey Championship and NCAA Elite Eight berth. Miller spent the 2014-15 season with Providence College, helping the program claim its first-ever national championship with a 4-3 victory over Boston University in the championship game.
Before Providence, Miller spent 20 seasons at the University of Denver, serving as an associate head coach during his final three seasons with the Pioneers. Named an assistant coach at Denver beginning with the 1994-95 season, Miller helped the Pioneers claim back-to-back NCAA National Championships in 2004 and 2005, three WCHA regular-season championships and four WCHA Tournament (Final Five) titles.
A recipient of the 2009 American Hockey Coaches Association’s Terry Flanagan Award, which recognizes an assistant coach’s body of work, Miller’s time at Denver saw him coach and recruit 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.
Miller joined Denver after spending two seasons as a graduate assistant at Miami University and one season at his alma mater, St. Mary’s University, where he played three seasons. In 1989, he was behind the bench as St. Mary’s captured the 1989 MAC playoff championship and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament.
Miller and his wife, Heidi, have three children, a daughter, Alexis, and sons, Cole and Connor.