Gophers associate head coach Steve Miller shares memories of being on coaching staffs since 1988

Miller has worked for St. Mary's University, Miami, Denver, Providence, Air Force and Ohio State before taking the job with the University of Minnesota. He discusses his career on The Rink Live podcast with Jess Myers and Mick Hatten

Minnesota Gophers associate head coach Steve Miller spent the previous five seasons in a similar role at Ohio State, where he helped lead the Buckeyes to the 2018 NCAA Frozen Four and to the 2019 Big Ten regular season title.
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Steve Miller has been a men's college hockey assistant coach since 1988. After three seasons at St. Mary's University, he moved up to the NCAA Division I level with Miami University in 1991. He has been an assistant coach at Denver (1994-2014), Providence (2014-15) and Ohio State (2017-22). He recently accepted the job as associate head coach for the University of Minnesota and he is reuniting with head coach Bob Motzko, who was an assistant when Miller was at Miami. Miller discusses the stops along his career with The Rink Live's Jess Myers and Mick Hatten.


1:10 Reacting to getting to work for the University of Minnesota

2:40 The determining factors for leaving Ohio State to coach for the Gophers, including his son, Cole, playing for the University of St. Thomas


7:00 Getting a graduate assistant coaching job for Miami in 1991, Bob Motzko joining that coaching staff for George Gwozdecky and building the program

10:40 Coaching Rico Blasi and now his son is going to play for him

12:25 Working for "The General" George Gwozdecky at Denver for 20 years and why he was so successful

16:30 Tactically, what he likes to have his team do during a penalty kill

19:50 Memories of working for two seasons with Frank Serratore at Air Force

22:10 Helping Providence win the 2015 national title

30:25 What it is like going to a Gophers team that has high expectations

Mick Hatten is a reporter and editor for Forum News Service and helps manage, a website dedicated to hockey. He began working for Forum Communications in November 2018 and has covered St. Cloud State University hockey since 2010. A graduate of St. Cloud State, he has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist and has been a youth hockey coach since 2014.
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