Denver associate coach Steve Miller is the first general manager and head coach of the United States Hockey League’s (USHL) new expansion franchise in Madison, Wis., it was announced on Tuesday. He assumes the jobs on Jan. 1, 2014.
The hiring returns junior hockey and the USHL to Madison. after the city had a USHL team from 1984 to 1995.
“We interviewed dozens of qualified coaches, but Steve stood out amongst them all,” said Madison co-owner Tom Garrity. “His resume speaks for itself and we were very impressed with his vision and plan for Madtown Hockey. He is a Wisconsin native who is very familiar with the USHL and knows what it takes to put a winning product onto the ice.”
The club will begin play in the United States Hockey League (USHL) in 2014-15 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. Miller is a native of Sun Prairie, Wis., and has spent the last 20 years as an assistant and associate head coach with the DU Hockey program.
“My wife, Heidi, and I would like to thank Ron Grahame, Peg Bradley-Doppes and the entire DU family for their support and friendship over the years,” Miller said in a press release. “I would also like to thank Jim Montgomery for his belief, trust and support over the past seven months — it has meant the world to my family and me.”
“Also my mentor and friend, George Gwozdecky, took a chance on me as a graduate assistant at Miami University back in 1991. I will forever be grateful to him for allowing me to grow as a person and develop as a coach.”