COLUMBUS, Ohio — Steve Miller, associate head coach for the Ohio State men’s hockey team, was named an assistant coach for the 2019 U.S. National Junior Team, USA Hockey announced Friday.
This marks the third consecutive tournament Miller will serve on the United States staff at the World Junior Championship. He was part of the 2017 gold-medal winning squad (that included Buckeye Tanner Laczynski) and coached on the 2018 team that won a bronze medal.
“It is a tremendous honor to be asked to join the staff,” Miller said. “I am looking forward to the challenge that awaits in Vancouver and Victoria.”
The U.S. National Junior Team will take part in the 2019 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2018 — Jan. 5, 2019, in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia.
Miller recently completed his first year on the Buckeye staff. Ohio State, a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, reached the Frozen Four for the second time in program history (and first since 1998). The squad was 26-10-5 on the year and finished second in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes led the NCAA on the penalty kill, were third nationally in team defense and were in the Top 10 in scoring offense and on the power play.
A native of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, Miller, who played at St. Mary’s University, was on staff at Air Force for two years prior to joining the Buckeyes, with the Falcons reaching the NCAA Tournament. He has been an assistant coach for three NCAA championship squads, with two at Denver and one at Providence. Miller has been a collegiate coach since 1989 and has been a part of 18 NCAA Tournament appearances.