Miller leaves Providence after one season as associate head coach

Steve Miller has stepped down after one season as Providence’s associate head coach for family reasons, the school announced.

The former longtime Denver assistant will return to Colorado to be with his wife and three children, according to a school release.

“We are really appreciative of the work Steve has done in his short time with the program,” Friars coach Nate Leaman said. “Having three children myself, I fully understand the decision Steve has made to be with his family. We wish him all the best moving forward.”

Miller was credited with designing the faceoff play on which Brandon Tanev scored the go-ahead goal in the third period of the 2015 national championship game against Boston University.

It was the third national championship for Miller, who helped Denver to titles in 2004 and 2005.

Miller left the Pioneers during the 2013-14 season after being named the first head coach of the new USHL team in Madison, Wis., near his hometown of Sun Prairie, Wis. But he resigned that position before the team took the ice.

After Jamie Russell left the Providence staff in April 2014, Miller was brought aboard in June.

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