Associate Head Coach Steve Miller enters his 20th year at the University of Denver and his first as a member of Jim Montgomery’s staff. He serves as the recruiting coordinator and works primarily with DU's defensemen. In addition to on-ice coaching, he assists with video breakdown and game analysis.
During his tenure at Denver, Miller has helped lead the Pioneers to back-to-back NCAA National Championships in 2004 and 2005, three WCHA regular-season championships and four WCHA Final Five crowns. Miller has coached and recruited 41 NHL Draft picks, 55 All-WCHA honorees, 12 World Junior Championship participants, 13 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.
The Pioneers have averaged over 23 wins in Miller's 19 years, including 12 NCAA appearances, two Frozen Four appearances and two national titles. The Pioneers have posted 20 wins in each of the last 12 seasons, which is the longest-such streak nationally entering the 2013-14 campaign. Miller recruited or coached current NHL players Beau Bennett (Pittsburgh), Tyler Bozak (Toronto), Chris Butler (Calgary), Matt Carle (Tampa Bay), Joe Colborne (Toronto), Matt Donovan (N.Y. Islanders), Drew Shore (Florida), Paul Stastny (Colorado), Patrick Wiercioch (Ottawa) and Jason Zucker (Minnesota). Carle and Stastny earned NHL all-rookie honors in 2007. Stastny was named an NHL All-Star in 2008 in addition to leading Team USA to a silver medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games.
In 2013, Stastny, Butler and Carle were members of the bronze medal winning USA IIHF World Championship squad. Stastny led the way with a team-best 15 points while helping guide Team USA to its first medal at the IIHF World Championship since 2004.
Prior to his arrival at Denver, Miller was an assistant coach at Miami (Ohio) University from 1991 to 1994. Miller was a big part of Miami's first-ever appearance in the NCAA tournament in 1992-93. The Redskins posted a then school-best mark of 27-9-5 and won their first-ever CCHA championship. Miller coached or assisted in the recruitment of former Miami and NHL players Dan Boyle (San Jose), Kevyn Adams and Brian Savage.
Prior to his stint at Miami, Miller served as assistant varsity coach, junior varsity coach and recruiting coordinator at his alma mater, St. Mary's (Minn.) University. He helped St. Mary's capture the 1989 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) playoff championship and reach the quarterfinals of the NCAA championship.
Miller has also gained additional coaching experience working for USA Hockey at various National Select 15, 16 and 17 camps. He was the head coach of Team Rocky Mountain at the Select 17 festival in 2000 and led the team to its best-ever finish by winning a silver medal.
A 1988 graduate of St. Mary's with a bachelor of arts in public administration, Miller played three years of varsity hockey. He earned most inspirational player his sophomore and senior year, and was named most improved player as a sophomore. Miller helped St. Mary's to its first MIAC championship in 23 years. The team also set a school record for victories in a season (22) that still stands today. Miller was also selected to the MIAC All-Academic team his junior year.
Miller was inducted into the Sun Prairie (Wis.) High School Wall of Success in the summer of 2008. He earned the prestigious American Hockey Coaches Association's 2009 Terry Flanagan Award which recognizes an assistant coaches' career body of work.
Miller and his wife, Heidi, reside in Littleton with their daughter, Alexis (13), and sons, Cole (11) and Connor (9).