Shannon Miller is one of the most successful coaches in NCAA women’s hockey history, but the University of Minnesota-Duluth concluded she and her all-female coaching staff were a luxury it could no longer afford. Citing budgetary reasons, UM-D announced it would not renew their contracts.
Miller has responded with a lawsuit claiming the firings are more about bias than budgets. She notes that her five national titles justify her $215,000 salary. Male coaches in the same conference make less than Miller, but do not have her track record. Miller is among only a few openly gay NCAA coaches, and may claim bias based on her sexual orientation as well.
UM-D claims the women’s hockey program lost $1.4 million last year.