COLUMBUS, Ohio – Steve Miller, associate head coach for the Ohio State men’s hockey team, has been named an assistant coach for the 2021 U.S. National Junior Team, USA Hockey announced Wednesday. This is the fifth consecutive year Miller will serve on the USA Hockey staff for the World Junior Championship.
“It is always an honor being asked to represent USA Hockey,” Miller said. “I look forward to working with Coach (Nate) Leaman and the rest of the staff as we begin to prepare for this prestigious championship.”
Miller has been a part of three medal winning squads – a gold in 2017 (with Buckeye Tanner Laczynski on the team), a bronze in 2018 and a silver in 2019.
The U.S. National Junior Team will take part in the 2021 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta, Dec. 26, 2020-Jan. 5, 2021.
Miller recently completed his third year on the Buckeye staff, with Ohio State finishing in the Top 2 of the Big Ten each season, including winning the 2019 regular season crown. The squad earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament his first two years, advancing to the Frozen Four in 2018, and was poised for another trip in 2020 when the season was canceled.
A native of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, Miller, who played at St. Mary’s University, has been a collegiate coach since 1989. He was an assistant coach for three NCAA championship squads, with two at Denver and one at Providence. In all, he has been a part of 19 NCAA Tournament appearances, five league regular season titles and seven conference tournament championships during stints with St. Mary’s, Miami, Denver, Providence, Air Force and Ohio State.