UMD won't renew women's hockey coach Shannon Miller's contract

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The University of Minnesota Duluth announced Monday the school will not renew the contract of head women's hockey coach Shannon Miller beyond the 2014-15 season, due to financial considerations.

The school says two assistant coaches and a part-time director of operations will also not have their contracts renewed.

"We deeply appreciate and are proud of what Shannon has built and accomplished at UMD," said Athletic Director Josh Berlo in a statement. "She established a winning program, raised it to the highest level of competition and sustained a national championship tradition over the last 15 years."

Miller arrived at Minnesota Duluth in 1998 and established the program as a national powerhouse, winning five NCAA championships. During her tenure at UMD she developed 28 current and former Olympians and posted a career .713 winning percentage at UMD.

"I am extremely shocked and saddened by this news, as is our entire staff and team," said Miller in a statement released through the school. "But we are committed to staying here to coach these great young women for the rest of the season and to a national championship."

The school says a national search to replace Miller will take place immediately following the season.

The Bulldogs are off until January 6th when they host Bemidji State at Amsoil Arena.

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