Shannon Miller, 2 other former UMD coaches to talk about discrimination allegations

DULUTH, Minn. — Former Canadian women’s hockey team coach Shannon Miller and two other former University of Minnesota Duluth female coaches are planning a news conference to talk about possible legal action relating to discrimination.

Miller has alleged discrimination based on her gender and sexual orientation. After leading the Bulldogs to five NCAA national championships, the university cited a budget deficit when it informed her in December that her contract would not be renewed.

Jen Banford was also released as the team’s director of hockey operations. She was offered a one-year contract to remain women’s softball coach, but declined. Head women’s basketball coach Annette Wiles resigned in June after seven seasons, citing an unhealthy work environment.

The university released a statement from Chancellor Lendley Black which says it has done an internal review of complaints raised and it disputes broad claims of discrimination.

Miller coached Canada to a gold medal at the 1997 IIHF World Women’s Championship and silver at the 1998 Nagano Olympics.

The Associated Press

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