Dennis Miller is in his first season as associate head coach at the University of North Dakota.
Miller comes to UND after having spent the previous 10 seasons as head women’s hockey coach at the University of Vermont, where he was an integral part of the Catamounts rise from a club team to varsity status at the Division III level to its current Division I standing. In his 10 years leading the program, Miller amassed a 70-177-25 record.
During Miller’s tenure at Vermont, three Catamounts were named Humanitarian Award nominees – Jenny Agnew ‘03, Kami Cote ‘05 and Abbey Kaknes ‘06. Cote also went on to be named the ECACHL Goalie of the Year in 2004-05. Miller also coached Tiffany Hayes ’01, another ECAC DIII Goaltender of the Year, who became the first Catamount to garner All-America honors following the 2000-01 season.
In 2005-06, Miller guided the upstart program through its first season as a member of Hockey East, four years after gaining Division I status in 2001-02.
In 2002-03, the Catamounts posted their first Division I victory with a thrilling 3-2 overtime win at Boston College.
In 2000-01, under Miller's guidance, the Catamounts set a school record for wins with a 14-8-2 overall record and 14-2-2 mark in the conference. UVM made its second straight trip to the postseason, but dropped a 2-1 decision in triple overtime to Colgate in the longest game in UVM hockey history (men or women). Following the season, goaltender Tiffany Hayes was named ECAC Goaltender of the Year and became the program's first player to earn First Team All-America honors. Teammate Lindsey Neilson earned All-Rookie honors, joining Jillian Giardina who was selected to the All-Rookie team in 1998-99.
In 1999-2000, just the second varsity season for Vermont, Miller led the Catamounts to an overall record of 12-9-4, 10-3-4 in ECAC Division III league play. Vermont finished fourth in the league standings and earned its first-ever playoff berth.
Miller earned the ECAC Women's Alliance Koho Co-Coach of the Year in 1997-98 and was a finalist for the national coach of the year honor in 1997-98 and 1999-2000.
A former Vermont defenseman, Miller was a member of the first Vermont team to earn a trip to the NCAA Division I Tournament (1987-88) and served as assistant captain on the only Catamount team to reach the ECAC Finals (1988-89).
Following his playing days at Vermont, Miller went on to enjoy a professional playing career that included stints in the Central Hockey League, East Coast Hockey League and the Colonial Hockey League, as well as stops in the Czech Republic and Norway.
As a coach, Miller has been extensively involved with USA Hockey at the regional and national levels. Since 2001, he has coached at the National Development Camps in Rochester, N.Y. and Lake Placid, N.Y. He was a presenter at the first two USA Hockey Girls’ and Women’s Coaches symposiums, held in conjunction with the National Women’s Festival in Lake Placid, in 2003 and 2004. At the regional level, Miller has been a coach and presenter for the New England and Central Districts.
Miller, a native of Buffalo, N.Y., also served as a college scout for the ECHL's Johnstown Chiefs from 1998-2002.