December 16, 2014 06:38 PM
Duluth, Minn. -- In the wake of another winning season the University of Minnesota Duluth will not offer women's hockey head coach Shannon Miller a contract extension beyond the 2014-15 season, due to financial considerations.
"We deeply appreciate and are proud of what Shannon has built and accomplished at UMD," said Athletic Director Josh Berlo. "She established a winning program, raised it to the highest level of competition and sustained a national championship tradition over the last 15 years. Today's decision about Shannon's contract was an immensely difficult and financially driven decision. Unfortunately, UMD Athletics is not in a position to sustain the current salary levels of our women's hockey coaching staff. However, we remain committed to supporting the Bulldog women's hockey program."
Chancellor Lendley (Lynn) Black expressed his deep appreciation for Coach Miller's tenure: "Thank you for being one of the best coaches in the history of UMD Intercollegiate Athletics. I will always fondly remember our 2010 trip to the White House!"
The Bulldogs are currently ranked sixth in NCAA Women's Division-I hockey with a 12-5-3 overall record.
"I am extremely shocked and saddened by this news, as is our entire staff and team," said Miller. "But we are committed to staying here to coach these great young women for the rest of the season and to a national championship."
Coach Miller came to UMD in 1998 and immediately made an impact on the program. During her tenure UMD has won five NCAA championships since the program's inception. In that time, Miller has coached 28 current and former Olympians, as well as multiple national team coaches. The Bulldogs hockey program has been successful with players from the United States, Canada and around the globe bringing an international community to Duluth. Coach Miller boasts a .713 winning percentage at UMD.
A national search will take place following the 2014-15 season.
Updated: December 16, 2014 06:38 PM
Created: December 15, 2014 10:30 PM
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